Allie Ehlers (front left) hits the ball during a team drill Monday in the MCHS gym. The Moffat County varsity volleyball team lost its game at Grand Valley High School Saturday in four sets.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Allie Ehlers (front left) hits the ball during a team drill Monday in the MCHS gym. The Moffat County varsity volleyball team lost its game at Grand Valley High School Saturday in four sets.

Volleyball team looks to correct mistakes in second half

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The girls volleyball team at Moffat County High School is still struggling with some of the issues that have plagued it all year.

The team played at Grand Valley High School Saturday and lost in another close match—one that head coach Sandy Camilletti was expecting.

Camilletti had said before the game they were evenly matched teams, and the score reflected that as the Bulldogs went down in four sets, 25-27, 26-24, 20-25, 21-25.

Once again, Moffat County struggled to end their opponents’ serve at times.

“We give up too many long runs of points,” Camilletti said. “Five (points) in a row, six in a row to the other team. We get stuck in a rotation and can’t get out of it. It kills us.”

The team also had trouble from its own service line against Grand Valley. Even in the set the Bulldogs won, the team had eight missed serves, Camilletti said. Giving Grand Valley free points just meant the Bulldogs were making it more difficult on themselves.

But Camilletti also said she is still seeing resiliency and fight in her players.

“They still don’t give up,” she said. “They really don’t give up, which is awesome.”

That attitude could start paying dividends now, as the Bulldogs will see several opponents for the second time this season, starting with Coal Ridge High School Tuesday night, and Grand Valley next week.

Those matches will give the Bulldogs a chance to avenge losses form earlier in the season.

“I definitely want another shot at them, of course because we lost (the first time),” Camilletti said. “I don’t think it necessarily gives an advantage, but you know a little bit more of what to expect from them. I already have some adjustments in mind for Coal Ridge on where they tend to hit the ball, things like that.”

The Bulldogs also brought in outside assistance to work on their game Monday. Karen Rohnke, a former player and coach at MCHS, was assisting with practice Monday evening, to give the Bulldogs a different perspective to the game.

“She (Rohnke) has a great sports mind,” Camilletti said. “I don’t have too much pride to not ask somebody who can help me out. If they see something, if (the players) hear it another way better, that’s good. Whatever helps, I’m willing to take that advice.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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