Losing can wear on a team’s spirit, but it doesn’t seem to affect the Moffat County High School volleyball team.
That could mean better results are on the horizon.
After a 1-7 start to the season, the Bulldogs played three games last week, and went 1-2.
It started with a three-set loss to Coal Ridge Thursday, 25-12, 25-7, 25-19. That had head coach Sandy Camilletti disappointed.
“We could beat them,” Camilletti said. “We gave up too many big runs. Our goal is not to let a team score more than three points in a row. We give up runs of seven or eight in a row, and it’s killing us.”
Surrendering extended runs to the other team is a problem Camilletti has noticed all season. In the rally scoring system of volleyball, giving up several points in a row can be difficult to recover from in a set.
“The thing is, we’re killing ourselves,” Camilletti said. “It’s our own hitting errors and passing errors. It’s not necessarily the other team putting the ball down every time.”
Moffat County followed up the Coal Ridge match by going 1-1 Saturday, beating Basalt in five sets and falling to Roaring Fork in three.
Roaring Fork has a significant size advantage against MCHS, and is one of the better teams in the Western Slope League, Camilletti said. Overall, she was much more pleased with her team’s play during the weekend games.
“I’m not disappointed in how we played against Roaring Fork,” she said. “Even in the first set (which MCHS lost 25-9) I would call a timeout and they weren’t down. They would come into the huddle fired up. They didn’t lay down and die.”
In both matches Saturday, Moffat County showed strength on offense. They had six kills in consecutive sets, even while being beaten by Roaring Fork, and came up big in the fourth and fifth sets to beat Basalt.
Camilletti is also still positive about the team because it still has almost half the season to play, and much of that figures to come against competition closer to their level, as opposed to the talent the Bulldogs saw in early season tournaments.
“There’s still a lot of season left, and I think there are some very beatable teams in this league,” Camilletti said. “Those tournament games, playing best of three, that’s hard. And I’d been putting players in different spots, so a couple of those losses are on me. But the effort has always been there. They’re a good group. I’m proud of that.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.