Jazmine Swindler, in blue, puts a Roaring Fork serve into play Tuesday at Moffat County High School. Swindler and the Bulldogs lost to the visiting Rams in four sets, 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Jazmine Swindler, in blue, puts a Roaring Fork serve into play Tuesday at Moffat County High School. Swindler and the Bulldogs lost to the visiting Rams in four sets, 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25.

Comeback comes up short for Moffat County volleyball

JV result

The JV team beat Roaring Fork's JV, 26-24, 25-23

After falling behind by two sets early, Moffat County’s volleyball team couldn’t complete its comeback attempt Tuesday evening.

Hosting Roaring Fork at Moffat County High School, the Bulldogs lost the first two sets of the game, and eventually lost in four, 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25. They were unable to win enough of the important points in a tightly contested match.

The first set saw neither team take more than a three-point lead, until the Rams put together a late spurt with the score 19-18, pulling away for the 25-19 win. In the second set, they started where they left off, opening up a 9-3 lead that Moffat County couldn’t make up. The Bulldogs never closed the gap to less than five points and fell into a two-set hole.

In the first two sets, Roaring Fork middle hitter Rosa Maun wreaked havoc on the Bulldogs, but mental errors also cost them.

“I think in that second set, we went back to an old rotation and we weren’t happy with it, so we wasted it at the beginning,” senior Brittany Walker said.

In the third, it was Moffat County that jumped out to a lead, going up 9-3. The Rams came roaring back and took a 22-21 lead, but Moffat County responded and got a set-winning kill from Kyri Scroggs.

“I think the difference there was wanting it more,” head coach Starla Jensen said. “Not that they didn’t want it in the other sets, but there was a little bit more of a game face there.”

In the fourth set, Moffat County looked primed to send the match to a decisive fifth set, taking a 14-11 lead. But with Taila Howe serving, the Rams reeled off 10 points in a row, effectively ending the match.

“Once we got down, it was hard to pick it up when we needed to,” Walker said. “We just couldn’t get it going then" in the fourth set.

The Bulldogs battled with the Rams and Jensen said she thought the two teams played mostly even volleyball, but momentum from the big points was the difference in the match.

“Not being able to win rallies was big,” she said. “When you keep losing those longer, tougher points, it’s hard to recover from them. When you win them, like we did in the third set, it’s easier to keep your excitement and play off your self and each other.”

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

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