The Moffat County High School volleyball team has had a difficult start to its season, but a breakthrough may be near.
The team has played in two tournaments and one individual game so far, struggling to a 1-7 record. While some of the losses have come against strong Class 4A foes like Glenwood Springs and Rifle, others have been against new league opponents or smaller teams, like Meeker, Roaring Fork and Cedaredge.
But head coach Sandy Camilletti is trying not to overreact to the slow start. Camilletti thinks the Bulldogs are a couple small steps away from being a different, and better, team.
“We’ve just got to find the right people and put them in the right places,” she said. “We really aren’t that far behind these other teams.”
During the team’s four games Friday and Saturday in a tournament hosted at MCHS, the Bulldogs only occasionally looked like they were in the right places. Inconsistent play plagued their matches, as the Bulldogs went 1-3 against Olathe High School, Aspen High School, Basalt High School and Cedaredge.
The games were marked by inconsistent sets. Against Cedaredge, in a 2-0 loss, the Bulldogs fell 25-12 in the first game but were much closer — 25-21 — in the second, almost coming back from a deficit to win. Even during their win Saturday versus Basalt, the Bulldogs had to recover from a 25-19 loss in the first set before winning the next two with relative ease, 25-19 and 15-11.
That presents some team problems, but also shows resilience that Camilletti likes.
“They are a pretty gritty group,” Camilletti said. “They don’t give up. They just keep playing. I’m proud of their hustle and teamwork. Those are things that will help them in the long run.”
Now Moffat County’s tournament play is over. For the rest of the season, the Bulldogs will play home and away games against Class 3A opponents as they try to make a run at the playoffs.
To do that, Camilletti knows some aspects of their game will need to improve.
“We’ll work on our blocking,” she said. “We’ve got to get hands up, and obviously our hitting needs work as well. Sometimes it seems like our girls aren’t ready to hit. A set is coming their way and they just aren’t ready for it.”
But Camilletti stressed the team is not far from more success.
“We’ve been passing great,” Camilletti said. “It’s like I said at the beginning of the season, our passing has been good. We just need to be able to finish it off.”