The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team struggled in its first two Western Slope League matches, losing in three straight sets Friday at Palisade High School and Saturday at Delta High School. Above, MCHS junior Kelsey Pomeroy hits the ball over the net in a match earlier this season.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team struggled in its first two Western Slope League matches, losing in three straight sets Friday at Palisade High School and Saturday at Delta High School. Above, MCHS junior Kelsey Pomeroy hits the ball over the net in a match earlier this season.

MCHS volleyball goes 0-2 over the weekend

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Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s match Friday at Palisade High School:

Set 1

• Moffat County — 13

• Palisade — 25

Set 2

• Moffat County — 13

• Palisade — 25

Set 3

• Moffat County — 6

• Palisade — 25

— Palisade won 3-0

Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s match Saturday at Delta High School:

Set 1

• Moffat County — 14

• Delta — 25

Set 2

• Moffat County — 17

• Delta — 25

Set 3

• Moffat County — 16

• Delta — 25

— Delta won 3-0

The start of Western Slope League play didn’t go quite as expected for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team.

The Bulldogs traveled Friday to Palisade High School and couldn’t overcome Palisade’s star player in a 3-0 defeat.

On Saturday, MCHS played at Delta High School and again fell in three sets.

“This is a better team than what they showed this weekend,” head coach Sandy Camilletti said. “We have been making too many errors lately and that is something we need to fix in order to win.”

MCHS (3-5 overall, 0-2 WSL) lost three straight sets to Palisade — 25-13, 25-13 and 25-6 — in large part to the play of Palisade senior Audrey Steinkirchner.

Steinkirchner had 13 kills and five aces in the three sets, including 10 straight points off her serve in the third game.

“Palisade is a really, really good team, and (Steinkirchner) is a big hitter when if you have an error, she will capitalize,” Camilletti said. “She is over six feet tall, and anytime it was close to the net or a pass or set was too tight, she put it down at her will.”

Camilletti said it would take a near-perfect match to overcome league-leading Palisade (7-2 overall, 2-0 WSL).

However, her team needs to attack with confidence, she said.

“Palisade is a good team, but we can’t let a girl rip off so many points in a row,” Camilletti said. “We have to be able to stop teams when they start to make a run, and that is going to start with confidence.”

Camilletti said confidence was also a problem against Delta (3-2 overall, 1-1 WSL).

The Bulldogs fell 25-14, 25-17 and 25-16 in consecutive sets.

“I don’t think we were up for Delta because of Friday,” she said. “We weren’t mentally prepared. They had some big blocks, but we had some errors that were close and barely out of bounds.

“Friday killed our confidence, so we struggled against Delta.”

Camilletti said senior Annie Sadvar’s play and the team’s serving were bright notes from the weekend.

“Our serve receiving and defense needs work, but our serves have been great,” she said. “I don’t think Annie had one serving error, and she stepped up as a leader when the team needed it.”

The Bulldogs host Glenwood Springs High School on Saturday, giving the team a full week of practice between games.

Camilletti said the coaching staff will work on the team’s defense, but the girls will have to be able to bring up their confidence.

“Anticipation is a big part of the game and we need to work on that this week,” she said. “Really, the girls just need to play volleyball. They get caught up in if they are in the right spot or if they should get the ball, but the point of the game is to not let the ball hit the floor, so we just need to play.”

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