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Bulldogs to hit the road for first time this season

Bruce Tippets

After hosting the Best of the West tournament Saturday, the Moffat County High School volleyball team will play on the road for the first time this season today by playing against the West Grand Mustangs.

Start time for the varsity team is at 7 p.m. The freshmen will take the court at 5 p.m. while the junior varsity team will play at 6 p.m.

During the tournament in Craig, the varsity team finished with a 1-2 record.

MCHS began the day in pool play, and Hotchkiss downed the Bulldogs, 15-2, 15-8.

In the second match of pool play, MCHS beat Hayden, 15-8, 15-7.

MCHS moved into the championship bracket losing in the first round to the 1998 Class 4A state championship runner-up Steamboat Springs.

The Sailors outlasted the Bulldogs, 15-11 and 15-9.

Even though the Bulldogs didn’t win the tournament, coach Vicki Haddan believes her team got better each time out on the court.

“The players agreed with the coaching staff that they improved during the day,” said Haddan before Wednesday practice. “They were happy with their performance and they just want to keep getting better.

“We just had one day of practice since the tournament. Tuesday went fine and we hope they will be ready to go on Thursday.”

A year ago in Craig, the Bulldogs downed the Mustangs, 15-11 and 15-4.

“West Grand runs a lot of different stuff with their offense,” said Haddan. “We need to make sure that our blockers hang with there right hitters.

“We play them once a year and they are usually a pretty good team. They have a good coach and they are a tough team.”

Haddan said the Bulldogs will hold their own away from their home gym.

“We will be fine to be on the road,” said Haddan. “We need to start getting used to being on the road because it’s our away year.”

Saturday, the varsity will host Uintah at 6 p.m. at the high school gym with the freshmen playing at 4 p.m. and the sophmores at 5 p.m.

Last season, Uintah beat the varsity team 15-5 and 15-5.

“Last year Unitah was really tough,” said Haddan. “Hopefully, this year we can go out and play a little bit better. We hope some of the crowd from the football game will come over and watch the volleyball game.”

Haddan said at this point of the season, the team needs to play some games.

“We just need to improve in all areas of the game,” said Haddan. “We haven’t had a lot of game time yet and so after this weekend we will know what things we need to work on.”