Moffat County falls to Sailors in two |

Moffat County falls to Sailors in two

John F. Russell

Special to the Daily Press

Who would blame the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team if they were a little tight at the start of Tuesday night’s game against Moffat County?

In front of a gym packed with fans the Sailors warmed up to the comforting sounds of Quiet Riot which were pumped in over the gym’s sound system.

Things, however, were about to get a lot more tense for the Sailors as the Moffat County Bulldogs, 0-4 in league play, jumped out to a 6-1 lead in Steamboat’s homecoming week contest.

Moffat County’s Amber Sanchez and Ashleigh Gregg led the early charge. Sanchez finished with six kills and Gregg had four.

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“Our team played super in the first game,” Moffat County coach Vicki Hadden said. “There was some awesome volleyball played on both sides of the court.”

But the coach said her team couldn’t keep up the intensity in the match as the Sailors finally settled into a rhythm.

“We were pretty nervous at the start of the game,” Steamboat’s Allison Griffing said. “But then we started to get in our comfort zone and things went our way.”

The Sailors outscored the Bulldogs 14-4 down the stretch to win the game and took control of the match. The biggest point of the game was a monster kill that seemed to bring Steamboat to life.

“Sometimes all you need is that one big exciting play,” Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. “Tonight, Allison really came through for us with some big points.”

Griffing had seven kills in the match. Katie Carter, who finished with nine kills, led the Sailors while Abby Fritz collected a pair.

“I feel pretty good about the way we played tonight,” Griffing said after the match. “We all played so great.”

The Lady Bulldogs are now 0-5 in league, and 3-5 overall. The girls will continue their quest for the first conference win 1:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Battle Mountain.

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