Moffat County C team won, 25-19, 25-22
Moffat County JV won, 27-25, 25-15
Moffat County learned the hard way Tuesday that a big deficit is tough to overcome in volleyball when one team scores every time the ball is put in play.
In three hard-fought sets, the Bulldogs repeatedly fell behind and then couldn’t complete a comeback in time. They lost in three sets to Cedaredge, 27-29, 23-25, 21-25.
“We played hard but we just get down in a hole and it’s hard to come back,” said senior Shaye Zimmerman. “In the first set we were up like seven, then down by a bunch of points, and we couldn’t make it up.”
The Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the early stages of the first set, but the Bruins went on a huge run and stormed back to take the lead. Trailing 17-22, Moffat County mounted a run of its own and came back to tie the game at 24 and force extra points.
After the teams traded points, Moffat County was whistled for being out of rotation while down 27-28, and lost the set.
“If (the referee) calls it then we must’ve been out of rotation,” head coach Starla Jensen said. “When things are that intense, you can lose track.”
Again in the second set, Moffat County was behind as the set wound down, but the team founds its way back in. Down 14-17, the game was tied at 21 just a couple minutes later.
This time, Cedaredge simply made the plays it needed to down the stretch and held on for a 25-23 win.
“Tonight they didn’t let up,” Jensen said about her team’s play. “Yeah, we got down and had to crawl back, and we did that. I just don’t know how to get over that hump.”
In the third set, the Bulldogs fell way behind, trailing 21-12 and looked to be done. But starting with some strong serves from Jazmine Swindler, they scored nine of 10 points and trailed just 21-22. Cedaredge would score the final three points of the match after a serve into the net, however, and win in three.
While a difficult loss, Tuesday night was about more than just the game.
The Memorial Hospital sponsored the match in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and provided pink shirts for both teams to play in.
Unfortunately, because of issues with the placement of the numbers on the shirts, the teams had to play in their normal jerseys. But honoring family and friends of the Bulldogs who have battled cancer left its impact anyway.
“It was cool, because my grandma passed away about a year ago,” Zimmerman said. “It was cool to hear her name announced.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.