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Moffat County beats Grand Valley in 5-set thriller

Nate Waggenspack

It was more tense than it needed to be, but the Moffat County volleyball team did its part to get homecoming week going.

The Bulldogs (3-11) beat Grand Valley (6-7) in a wild five-set match Tuesday night in the MCHS gym, 25-23, 25-18, 29-31, 21-25, 15-4.

They earned the win while overcoming more than just their opponents.

After the first two sets, it looked like a comfortable win was on the way for Moffat County. They had been the stronger team, especially in the second set when they took a lead early and pulled away at the end of the set.

But in the third set, a point was taken from Moffat County due to their lineup being incorrect. Head coach Sandy Camilletti explained it was her fault after the match.

"We looked great, until Coach Camilletti transposed some numbers on the lineup sheet," Camilletti said. "In between each set I go and write down the serving order and that time I just flip-flopped two numbers."

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This put the Bulldogs out of rotation, a violation of a rarely seen rule, because it is rarely broken. They were penalized and lost the point due to scoring in an illegal rotation, which would prove costly.

The third set was close throughout, but the Bulldogs had a chance to win at 24-23 and 26-25. They could not capitalize, and Grand Valley eventually did, pulling out an intense 31-29 decision to stay alive in the match.

Moffat County often called for lineup checks throughout the third set, and looked confused at times, but they battled all the way.

"I told them it's still volleyball," said Camilletti. "No matter where you're at on the court it's still volleyball. They did well considering the circumstances."

In the fourth set Grand Valley scored the first seven points, and Moffat County could never recover. They pulled to within three late in the set, 20-23, but lost the next point and then the set, 21-25.

What had looked like a much more routine victory had suddenly become a white-knuckle affair.

But the Bulldogs took the air out of Grand Valley's sails quickly, as strong serving from Laurel Tegtman guided Moffat County to a 10-1 lead. They would go on to win, 15-4.

Camilletti praised her team's resilience.

"Laurel Tegtman kicked some booty (in the final set)," she said. "I'm proud of them. They had to battle against Grand Valley and their own coach. They did good and they needed that win."

The volleyball team is done for the week, turning homecoming over to boys soccer and football, who play Thursday and Friday, respectively. Volleyball next plays at Cedaredge Oct. 9. Grand Valley plays at Delta Thursday.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

Tuesday night volleyball…

Other MCHS volleyball results

C-team:

Set 1 25-13

Set 2 24-26

Set 3 10-15

Junior Varsity:

Set 1 25-14

Set 2 25-22

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