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Playoff-minded Bulldogs look to improve in 2nd year of coach’s regime

Joshua Gordon

Sandy Camilletti walked into the Moffat County High School gymnasium last summer with plenty of work ahead of her.

As the newly appointed MCHS varsity volleyball head coach, Sandy missed spring workouts, summer camps and joined the team with only a few weeks before practice officially began.

The Bulldogs went 6-13 in Sandy's first year and 3-9 against Western Slope League foes, missing a chance to play in the state playoffs.

However, Sandy said she knew having a full year to work with her team would make her 2011 squad a much-improved team.

"The girls are just a lot sharper at this time of year than they were last year," she said. "Last year they all came in rusty and hadn't played much, but this year we worked hard and are a lot better prepared.

Senior saviors

Heading into this season, the Bulldogs will be without two key contributors from last season — Lauren Roberts and Melissa Camilletti.

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Roberts, who was named an all-conference first-team selection, graduated while Melissa, who was honorable mention a year ago, decided not to return to the team.

The team, however, isn't worried. The Bulldogs have four capable seniors to lead this year's squad — Jordan Field, Heather Jenkins, Morgan Knob and Annie Sadvar

"After not making the playoffs last year, that is definitely our goal heading into this season," Sandy said. "Our senior group is pretty solid as a whole and we are going to be looking at them all to do well."

Sandy said each girl contributes in a different way, helping share the responsibility.

Whether it’s Sadvar's passing, Knob's setting or Field and Jenkins' all-around abilities, Sandy said she feels confidant with who the team is led by.

Sadvar said making the playoffs would be a nice conclusion to a solid career.

"The last three years combined haven't been the best, but our goal is still to make the playoffs" she said. "This summer, we were all able to mesh as a team and get to know each other so we could flow better on the court."

Having a full year with Sandy also helped, Sadvar said.

But for Jenkins, who transferred to MCHS from Grand Junction for her last year, she still has a few things to learn after joining the team about three weeks ago.

"(MCHS) runs a similar game plan and has a similar defense, so the transition wasn't too hard," Jenkins said. "I was able to bring a few drills over, like a serve-receive drill and a fast feet drill, that I think have helped the team."

Jenkins said everyone on the team can continue to work on their endurance and talking on the court, but she hopes she can help whoever needs it.

"I think helping other people up and pushing them to do their best is my biggest contribution," she said. "I want to continue to improve my skills as well and want to win some games. We didn't do well in Grand Junction last year either, so I'm ready to win."

The winning may very well begin in the trenches with Knob, who serves as the team's main setter.

"I am like the quarterback of the team," Knob said. "I choose where the ball goes and I kind of run the show. I know the court and have a feel for where the ball should be set to."

Playoffs or bust

A summer camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley may be a sign of things to come for the Bulldogs this season, Fields said.

The team went 11-2 and tied for ninth in their division, which included 64 teams.

"I think more than in the past, all of us are really focused on winning," Fields said. "We are all going to play hard because we all want to win and we want to make the playoffs."

Sandy said as the team approaches the season opener Sept. 2 in the Regis Jesuit Tournament, the players will continue to work on fundamentals, especially passing.

"If you can't pass, you can't get anything going," she said. "Moffat County is a historically bad passing team, but if we can get a good pass to our setter, you can win anything."

Steamboat Springs High School is a big rival, Sandy said, but the Bulldogs are looking to do more than just beat the Sailors this year.

"Every team we played last year we should have beat," she said. "In every game, we were in it until the end, but we couldn't finish. Everyone is excited this year to do what we have to do to get over the hump and get back to the playoffs."

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2011 MCHS varsity volleyball schedule:

(Date — place — host/opponent)

• Sept. 2 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 2 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 3 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 3 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 8 — home — Grand Junction High School

• Sept. 10 — away — Fruita Monument High School

• Sept. 13 — away — Hayden High School

• Sept. 16 — away — Palisade High School

• Sept. 17 — away — Delta High School

• Sept. 24 — home — Glenwood Springs High School

• Sept. 29 — away — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 1 — away — Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 1 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• Oct. 7 — home — Palisade High School

• Oct. 8 — home — Delta High School

• Oct. 15 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• Oct. 20 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Battle Mountain High School

2011 Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball schedule:

(Date — place — host/opponent)

• Sept. 2 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 2 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 3 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 3 — away — Regis Jesuit Tournament

• Sept. 8 — home — Grand Junction High School

• Sept. 10 — away — Fruita Monument High School

• Sept. 13 — away — Hayden High School

• Sept. 16 — away — Palisade High School

• Sept. 17 — away — Delta High School

• Sept. 24 — home — Glenwood Springs High School

• Sept. 29 — away — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 1 — away —Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 1 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• Oct. 7 — home — Palisade High School

• Oct. 8 — home — Delta High School

• Oct. 15 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• Oct. 20 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Battle Mountain High School

2011 Moffat County High School freshmen volleyball schedule:

(Date — place — host/opponent)

• Sept. 3 — away — Palisade Tournament

• Sept. 8 — home — Grand Junction High School

• Sept. 10 — away — Fruita Monument High School

• Sept. 13 — away — Hayden High School

• Sept. 16 — away — Palisade High School

• Sept. 17 — away — Delta High School

• Sept. 24 — home — Glenwood Springs High School

• Sept. 29 — away — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 1 — away —Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 1 — away — Battle Mountain High School

• Oct. 7 — home — Palisade High School

• Oct. 8 — home — Delta High School

• Oct. 15 — away — Glenwood Springs High School

• Oct. 20 — home — Steamboat Springs High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Eagle Valley High School

• Oct. 22 — home — Battle Mountain High School

At a glance

Coaches:

• Sandy Camilletti

• Cheryl Ivy

Seniors:

• Jordan Field

• Heather Jenkins

• Morgan Knob

• Annie Sadvar

2010 record:

• 6-13 overall, 3-9 Western Slope League

By the numbers:

4: The Bulldogs return four starters from last year’s squad.

2: Head coach Sandy Camilletti is entering her second year as head coach of the Bulldogs. Camilletti didn’t join her team until late June 2010 last season, making 2011 her first full summer with her team.

25-45: Last season, the volleyball team won only 25 games while opposing teams won a combined 45 games

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