Makayla Camilletti, a Moffat County High School junior, knocks the volleyball back to the opponent’s side Tuesday at Hayden High School. MCHS struggled in the first set, but rebounded to beat Hayden, 3-1.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Makayla Camilletti, a Moffat County High School junior, knocks the volleyball back to the opponent’s side Tuesday at Hayden High School. MCHS struggled in the first set, but rebounded to beat Hayden, 3-1.

Despite dropping first set, Bulldogs pull away from Hayden

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Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s game Tuesday at Hayden High School:

Set 1

• Moffat County — 24

• Hayden — 26

Set 2

• Moffat County — 25

• Hayden — 13

Set 3

• Moffat County — 25

• Hayden — 14

Set 4

• Moffat County — 25

• Hayden — 21

— MCHS won 3-1

After the first set Tuesday at Hayden High School, the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team gathered around head coach Sandy Camilletti.

The Bulldogs played Hayden close early in the initial set, but unforced errors allowed the Tigers to pull out a 26-24 win and go up 1-0 for the match.

“I told the girls after the first set that every time they made contact with the ball, they were panicking,” Camilletti said. “On paper, we should beat Hayden, so I think that was nerve racking for the girls. We had everything to lose and Hayden had everything to gain.”

The Bulldogs calmed their nerves and started making plays to win the next three sets and head home with a 3-1 victory.

MCHS (3-4 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) got a surge from the serving of senior Morgan Knob to start the second set.

Knob served 15 straight points before Hayden finally scored, making it 15-1.

The Bulldogs won the second set, 25-13, and started the third set in similar fashion, winning 25-14, to take a 2-1 lead.

“Morgan struggled with her serving in the first set and I just needed to settle her down,” Camilletti said. “When I give Morgan a spot to hit with her serves, she usually hits it. And when she is on, it makes all the difference in the world for our team.”

However, the Bulldogs got too comfortable in the fourth set, Camilletti said.

The Tigers (1-2 overall) kept the set close throughout and at one point the score was tied 17-17.

MCHS was able to hold off Hayden, 25-21, and close the night out.

“In the last game, our team got confident and thought, ‘Oh this will be easy,’” Camilletti said. “When you let up, that lets teams back in.”

MCHS senior Annie Sadvar recorded 12 kills in the four sets and fellow senior Heather Jenkins and junior Makayla Camilletti each had seven kills.

Knob ended the night with 29 assists.

The win was much needed for the Bulldogs, who headed into Hayden on a four-game losing streak after falling 3-2 Saturday at Fruita-Monument High School.

Heading into WSL play Friday at Palisade High School, Camilletti said the team still had some room for improvement.

The Bulldogs had 13 serving errors against Hayden.

“The serving errors are just mental errors and we just need to focus and not let too much stuff creep into the minds,” she said. “And, our defense was just fair. Sometimes we get lazy on defense and don’t anticipate and don’t get down and ready.”

Still, Camilletti said, she feels good about her team’s chances this season in the WSL.

“We are looking to cut back on errors and keep attacking,” she said. “If we stop with the easy balls over the net and attack it every single time, we will win games.”

Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or at joshgordon@craigdailypress.com.

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