Ashley Whiffen preps for a spike Saturday at Moffat County High School. Whiffen would put away the final point of Moffat's match against Basalt. The Bulldogs won in three sets, 25-10, 25-13, 25-16.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Ashley Whiffen preps for a spike Saturday at Moffat County High School. Whiffen would put away the final point of Moffat's match against Basalt. The Bulldogs won in three sets, 25-10, 25-13, 25-16.

Moffat County volleyball beats Basalt in 3

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— Moffat County’s volleyball team broke out of its losing streak Saturday, dispatching the Basalt Longhorns in its first conference home game of the season.

The Bulldogs won in straight sets, 25-10, 25-13 and 25-16, using superior play at the net to pull away from Basalt.

After going winless last weekend, the Bulldogs lost in three sets at Coal Ridge on Thursday, but head coach Starla Jensen saw a much tougher team that night, she said.

Saturday’s win came with the Bulldogs continuing to turn the corner.

“It’s coming along,” Jensen said. “It’s a process. It’s going to be a process, but we’re getting there.”

The first and second sets followed a similar pattern, with Moffat County taking control early with an 8-2 and 7-2 lead, then building on that the rest of the way. In the first set, they finished on a lengthy run.

“We were excited (for the game), we came out and played as a team, and so it went well,” senior Kyri Scroggs said.

The third set was much tighter through the first half, with Moffat County holding a 16-15 advantage. But the Bulldogs buckled down and won nine of the next 10 points to close out the game.

“I think we kind of stooped our play to their level in the third,” Scroggs said. “But we picked it up when we needed to.”

Some of the closeness in the third set can be attributed to using a different lineup, Jensen said. With a two set lead, she moved some players around to see how they would do in different positions.

“Some of that was I put some different girls in positions they’re unfamiliar with,” she said. “I think it showed that they were a little less comfortable, but as they got comfortable, we hit our stride.”

Moffat County is now 1-2 in Western Slope League play and picked up its first win in six matches.

“It feels good to win anytime,” Jensen said. “But they fought at Coal Ridge, and I think that played into this.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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