MCHS volleyball team goes 11-2 at UNC camp |

MCHS volleyball team goes 11-2 at UNC camp

Joshua Gordon

The Moffat County High School volleyball team competed in a team camp July 21 to 23 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The Bulldogs went 11-2 overall, tying for ninth in Division II, which included 64 teams. Players who competed at the camp are, back row, from left, Shaye Zimmerman, Brittany Walker, Makayla Camilletti and Jessica Behrman. In the front row, from left, are Morgan Knob, Jordan Field, Heather Jenkins, Kelsie Pomeroy and Annie Sadvar.

With a year under her belt, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Sandy Camilletti said she has her team more prepared for this season than last.

Camilletti was hired as head coach in July 2010, about a month before the season started.

The Bulldogs finished 3-9 overall and tied for seventh in the Western Slope League.

However, if a recent team camp is any indication, the Bulldogs are in for a better year on the court.

Camilletti said she took nine players July 21 to 23 to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where the team finished 11-2 overall and tied for ninth in Division II, which included 64 teams.

"I was pleasantly surprised because we hadn't played together as a team too much this summer," she said of her team's play. "Our open gym is kind of a hit-or-miss with who can show up, but they played great together and had a good camp."

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Camilletti said because it was a team camp, her players didn't go through any skills training.

Of the teams that competed, about 90 percent were from Colorado, with a few teams from Montana and Nebraska.

The biggest challenge, Camilletti said, was playing against 5A schools.

"We were up against some big schools that are twice our size," she said. "As a team, we served about 90 percent, and with the season not even started yet, that is great. The girls were sending tough serves and aiming for spots, not just trying to get it over (the net)."

Camilletti said she also saw big leaps in blocking, especially from incoming senior Annie Sadvar and incoming junior Makayla Camilletti.

"I think blocks are the biggest improvement I have seen since last year," she said. "Coming in late last year, I didn't really get to work with the girls as much in the offseason, but this year we are blocking really well."

Sadvar said she was surprised how well the camp went for the team and was excited to get back on the court.

"As a team, I think we found out what we need to do and how to work with each other," she said. "(The camp) allowed me to get back into volleyball and really start to work on the upcoming season with my teammates."

On July 7 and 8, Camilletti brought former MCHS player Deb Barnes, now a volleyball coach at Mountain Vista High School, back to Craig to work with her players on teamwork.

Camilletti said the time with Barnes paid off at UNC.

"We worked on a lot of team building with Deb," she said. "We talked about how important teamwork is and how volleyball is such a team sport. The girls carried it over and played together great and played their positions and helped each other."

The team will have one more camp before practice officially begins Aug. 15.

The camp, which takes place Aug. 8 to 11 at MCHS, will be mostly conditioning, Camilletti said.

While the team still has aspects of the game to work on, such as passing, Camilletti said all the offseason workouts will pay off.

"Any time the girls can touch a volleyball it is great," she said. "In practice we try to do game-like drills, but it is not a game. I didn't get as much coaching in before last season, so I think we are a lot further heading into this season."

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If you go …

What: Moffat County High School volleyball tryouts

When: 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 to 19

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— Any girls interested in being part of the varsity, junior varsity or C-team are encouraged to attend.

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