The volleyball team from Moffat County spent its weekend in Glenwood Springs and came away with work to do but a foundation to build upon.
The Bulldogs played two games Friday and another Saturday against some Western Slope competition in non-league games. They emerged from the weekend with a 1-2 record, but a positive outlook moving forward.
“I’m looking for — are they picking things up, are they getting what we want to do,” head coach Starla Jensen said. “It’s about what did we see, what did we learn, what adjustments need to be made.”
Moffat County took on Steamboat Springs in its first game, losing, 2-0, in the best-of-three tournament format. Jensen said the Sailors looked closer to being in midseason form than the Bulldogs.
“They’re a tough team and they played well together,” she said. “It was a learning experience for all of us.”
In the second game Friday, Moffat County again lost in two sets to Roaring Fork, but it was a different story. The Bulldogs came out with more confidence and faltered, but played and communicated better than they had against Steamboat, Jensen said.
“There were many more good things in the second game than the first,” she said. “Communication is probably one of our toughest obstacles, but there was a little more of that. Our movement improved, but we couldn’t quite get into a groove.”
Roaring Fork finished second in the 3A WSL last year and Moffat County will see them again this season.
In the final match Saturday, Moffat County picked up its first win of the season, beating Aspen in two sets and delivering its best showing of the weekend.
“We came out today and played with more confidence and our communication was better,” Jensen said. “Even from the bench it was better.”
It was Jensen’s first official games as a head coach, and her players’ first time playing for her. With so much still to learn about each other, she considered it a successful weekend.
“Everything is new,” she said. “It’s a new coach, new defense and we have to find our team groove.”
But based on the positive attitude from her players, Jensen is not worried about that happening.
“Now is not the time for everything to be perfect,” she said. “You get a look (at your team) and can make adjustments. By the time you’re in the thick of things, that’s when you hope your work has paid off.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org