Bulldogs dispatch Demons
MCHS win streak reaches 11 matches
Glenwood Springs — When Amy Dilldine served the ball short and off teammate Markie Workman’s back, just about every member of Moffat County’s volleyball team just laughed.
No one seemed frustrated or upset, even though the errant serve came at an inopportune time for the Bulldogs, pulling host Glenwood Springs to within two at 20-18 in the opening game of a matinee match Saturday.
But, true to the cool form they’ve displayed during their recent hot streak, the Bulldogs calmly rebounded to surrender just one more point in that opener and win it, 25-19.
From that point on, it was mostly Moffat – save a second-game hiccup – as the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 11 matches with a 25-19, 24-26, 25-14, 25-7 dispatching of the Demons.
“We’ve been in several five-game matches this year,” Moffat County coach Brianna Montgomery said. “We try to always have a positive atmosphere, to have them realize we’ve got to win three out of five to be the overall winner. One game doesn’t decide it.”
Added Bulldog Kari Griffin, who finished with eight kills, two aces and a block, “When we lose a game, she tells us to pick it up and play as a team.”
That never-panic approach is paying dividends for the Bulldogs, who improved to 10-2 in the Class 4A Western Slope League and to 14-3 overall.
And Glenwood gave Moffat plenty of reasons to panic in that second game, erasing a 20-8 deficit by taking 16 of the stanza’s final 20 points.
Three big blocks by the Demons’ Toni Gottschalck helped pave the way for the comeback, as did multiple kills from Kelly Lawson and Chelsea Vallario.
But the emotional wave Glenwood (5-7 overall, 9-8 WSL) rode to the middle-game win died down in the third and fourth games, as the Bulldogs took 50 of 71 points to close out the Demons.
Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk, noticeably frustrated after the up-and-down performance, lamented his team’s lack of consistency.
“They play at that level and then they drop off,” he said. “The consistency is not there. I guess our team doesn’t handle momentum surges that happen in volleyball very well.”
Nykerk’s Demons did get some solid net play, with Vallario ending the afternoon with six kills and Lawson and Gottschalck finishing with five apiece. Gottschalck, a junior, also had four blocks. Setter Carly Stillman did her best to feed the Demon attack, recording 15 assists.
Amy Dilldine and Angie Charchalis matched Griffin’s kill output with eight each. Dilldine also had 4 1/2 blocks. Meghan Innes wrapped up the day with 25 assists.
Moffat County heads to Delta on Friday.
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