The Moffat County High School volleyball team has made a habit out of getting into tight contests.
The Bulldogs (4-12) have played three straight five-set matches, and a four-setter in the match before that. It may be a more stressful team to watch for the coaches and fans of the team, but it also has signified that the Bulldogs are becoming a more competitive unit.
“I don’t know what that is all about,” head coach Sandy Camilletti said about her team going the distance in so many matches. “They told me the other day during a timeout that they just liked playing volleyball so much and that’s why they keep playing. Seriously though, it’s not a matter of losing focus and letting up.”
Most recently, the volleyball team’s grind-it-out style resulted in a five-set win against visiting Aspen High School on Thursday. After losing the first set, the Bulldogs regrouped as they have often done this year, taking two in a row, and then the decisive fifth set, 15-9.
Camilletti said the team played some of its best volleyball Thursday.
“We had two five-point leads (in the first set), and then we just let them get back into it,” she said. “We also had some serving errors. That night I would say is probably the best our team has played all year as a whole.”
Because of injuries, Camilletti said some Bulldog players had to play in unfamiliar positions. Sophomore Lauren Samuelson, usually a back-line player, spent some time up front, and Shaye Zimmerman acted as the team’s setter the entire match, when she normally splits time setting with Lisa Camilletti.
In addition to being a nice win for the volleyball team, Thursday also was a special night. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the teams played in pink and honored four breast cancer survivors before its varsity match.
It is an annual event for the volleyball team, but it took on added significance this year because of the cancer survivors’ closeness to the team.
“We do it every year, but this year it was cool because we had two kid’s mothers and two kid’s grandmothers as the survivors,” Camilletti said.
Carol Camilletti, Loretta Earle, Donna Griffiths and Barbara Larson were given gifts by the team and a standing ovation from the crowd before the match.
Now with a week left in their regular season, the Bulldogs are a long shot to making the postseason but have some winnable matches at Rifle on Tuesday and then at home against Olathe and Gunnison on Saturday. Camilletti has liked the effort and fight of her team this season, and will be happy to see that continue.
“I think just winning the games we’re capable of winning would be a good way to finish,” she said. “We lost a lot of games in the beginning of the season and we’re winning more now. I hope that makes (the players) feel good. It makes me feel good.”
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