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Bulldog volleyball team drops heartbreaker to rival

MCHS takes Steamboat Springs to the limit, but loses 3-2

For Lauren Roberts, playing a team like Steamboat Springs has special significance.

The Craig-Steamboat rivalry is one the Moffat County High School senior wanted to fuel her volleyball team's performance in one of the last Homecoming games she'll play in for her high school career.

But, despite a close contest, the results did not turn out the way she wanted.

The MCHS varsity volleyball team narrowly lost to Steamboat in the Thursday night game, 3-2.

"I'm very disappointed," Roberts said. "We need to remember to stay aggressive."

Both teams attacked the net throughout the game, with Steamboat winning the first set, 25-19.

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By the middle of the second, the Bulldogs found their stride, combating Steamboat's blockers by tipping the ball up and around their wall rather than trying to slam it down their throats.

"Against a team with such good blockers, you get into kind of a rhythm and you go with what works," Roberts said. "They always had at least two of them up there at a time."

The adjustment worked out well as Roberts and juniors Annie Sadvar and Melissa Camilletti guarded their side of the net closely, helping the team win the second and third sets, 25-18 and 25-23.

With a tight fourth set, victory looked to be on the horizon for the team, but the Sailors began to make a comeback, driving the score up more and more before clenching the win at 28-26.

"We kind of gave up a little bit, and we started going downhill," sophomore Makayla Camilletti said.

Head coach Sandy Camilletti said she noticed a change in the team as they began the fifth and final set.

"We had it in the fourth and then we started playing it safe," she said. "We were too afraid to make any mistakes."

Although the last set was hard-fought, Steamboat took home the win, 15-12.

"It was so close it hurt," senior Jess Matthews said. "I can't complain because we gave it our all as a team, but having it so close against Steamboat really digs the knife in."

Sandy said the team's problem was dealing with pressure.

"Overall, these girls played a very good match, but when it came down to crunch time, they just quit," she said.

Matthews said the loss, which leaves the team with a 4-7 overall record, doesn't worry her leading into the team's other Homecoming games Saturday against Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.

"It's all mental," she said. "If we really want to win, we definitely can."

Roberts said she "couldn't have asked for a better game" from her teammates.

"We'll come in Saturday ready to win," she said.

Box score from Moffat County High School’s varsity volleyball game Thursday against Steamboat Springs:

Team First Second Third Fourth Fifth Final

Steamboat Springs 25 18 23 28 15 3

Moffat County 19 25 25 26 12 2

— The freshman volleyball team won, 2-1, while the junior varsity lost, 2-0.