Bulldogs dump champs
Seniors go out with a bang; win streak at nine
Craig — If having your seniors play in front of their home crowd for the last time in their high school careers, isn’t enough motivation, visiting on Friday was the defending 4A state champions – Battle Mountain.
The top two teams in the Western Slope League squared off, with the Bulldogs prevailing in an intense 25-19, 25-17, 19-25, 25-14 victory.
The Bulldogs seniors went out in style, handing the Huskies their first district loss in three years.
The pressure of a raucous crowd and the burning eyes of all the parents and fans on hand wasn’t enough to take away the composure of Moffat County’s players.
Moffat County (12-3 overall, 8-2 WSL) now is on a nine-game winning streak. The teams’ last loss was to host Battle Mountain (12-2, 9-1 WSL).
“We aren’t intimidated by them because they are the state champs,” Bulldog coach Brianna Montgomery said. “The way we are playing right now, we can beat anybody.”
The Bulldogs proved their coach correct.
“We were pumped up,” Angie Charchalis said. “It was an exciting match. What an ideal finish for our last home game.”
Both teams come into the contest having been victorious in five game matches the night before.
Huskies coach Brian Doyon didn’t believe that fatigue was the factor in his team’s loss.
“Moffat just played really tough,” he said. “We came in here as a team. We take this loss as a team. We’ll take it to heart.”
Battle Mountain started the match doing what a defending champion does. They controlled the pace of play. Behind the vicious hitting of Huskies captain Devon Abbott, Battle Mountain sped out to a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs regrouped, bursting in to a 19-4 run behind the strategy of Montgomery.
The Bulldog coach put Amy Dilldine in charge of shutting down Abbott and Dilldine responded.
She finished with a team-leading six blocks.
“We played perfect tonight,” Dilldine said. “The crowd was great. A perfect last home game.”
Ariel Sanchez contributed with 16 digs.
“This was how we wanted to go out,” Sanchez said. “This keep up our momentum. Nine in a row baby.”
Markie Workman was a force at the net, tallying 10 kills and five blocks. Charchalis had eight kills, 10 digs and three blocks. Kari Griffin pounded out another 10 kills for the surging Bulldogs.
“We are so excited right now,” Griffin said. “We want to win out.”
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