Dogs sunk by Sailors twice
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team took another step closer to its goal of going undefeated in conference play this season by downing Moffat County High School in two games Thursday night.
At the halfway point of the season, the Sailors, 12-1 overall, 4-0 in the conference, have swept past all Western Slope 3A counterparts in dominating fashion. Steamboat defeated Moffat County, 15-6, 15-3, in front of a packed house at the Sailors’ gym Thursday.
“One more time around and we will take it all,” Sailor Mallory Reust said of Steamboat’s remaining regular season conference games.
Reust and her teammates used hard hitting and a stingy defense to keep the Bulldogs off balance in the match. Moffat County is now 1-2 in conference play and 4-6 overall.
“I think we can play with them,” Moffat County coach Vicki Haddan said. “Our girls were just not here tonight. It was a disappointment; hopefully when Steamboat comes to Craig we can give them a little better match.”
Steamboat’s Jessica Johnson led the Sailors’ offensive punch with six kills in the match. Maggie McElhinney, Jessica Fritz and Natalie MacFarland each added four kills. Reust had two.
“We definitely wanted to put Moffat County in its place at our homecoming. We were not going to lose on our homecoming,” Reust said. “We came out tough and never let down.”
Lisel Thompson continued to quarterback the Sailors from her position as setter. She had 16 assists, two blocks and two aces in the match. McElhinney was 9-for-9 serving and Johnson was 7-for-7. Reust went 12-for-13 passing serve with eight perfect passes.
Moffat County’s offense never really got into a groove, according to Haddan. Cammie Hillewaert had three kills in the match. Vanessa Wilson added two kills and Sarah Haslem, Amber Sanchez and Liz Knights each had one.
“We just barely got going,” Haddan said. “We didn’t really get to see our offense work tonight. “
On the other side of the court, Sailors head coach Wendy Hall was pleased to see her offense play with more confidence.
“We are hitting the ball harder and more consistently inbounds,” Hall said. “That just comes with confidence.”
The Sailors junior varsity team also picked up a win Thursday night against the Moffat County junior varsity.
The match went three games with Steamboat taking the decisive game in a 17-15 thriller. Steamboat won the first game, 15-1, and lost the second, 15-8.
Lauren Dargevics led the Sailors in kills with eight. Jessica Pearson had seven and Tiffany McGinn and Bayli Stillwell each had four in the match.
Moffat County was led by Camie Haskins and Katie Telfer with four each. Telfer also had two individual blocks in the match.
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