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Fatigue catches up to Moffat County volleyball in fight against Coal Ridge

Moffat County High School's Jaidyn Steele and Stephenie Swindler provide defense against the Coal Ridge attack Thursday at MCHS.
Andy Bockelman

After 17 sets of volleyball across five days, Moffat County High School athletes were bound to be a little weary Thursday, and the Bulldogs got burned by the Coal Ridge Titans at the end of their stretch.

MCHS fell in three sets to the New Castle team, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-12 in their second home game of the week and sixth overall match since Aug. 31.

Titans took control in the opening round, though Lady Bulldogs showed they never give up without a fight in the second set, leading much of the way until Coal Ridge worked out the holes in their defense to continually smash the ball to the floor.

A variety of miscalculated side outs in the third set hurt the Moffat County effort, as did high shots that gave the Titans plenty of time to position themselves at the net to drive the ball home.

A 3-2 win against Basalt Tuesday night depleted some of the Dogs’ energy for later in the week, though the Titans’ talent factored in just as much, said head coach Jessica Profumo.

“The main thing is a lot of teams we’ve played, they’ve had hard servers but not every single person like they were,” she said. “I think they lost little bit of confidence, but they were fighting hard.”

Altogether, the night held 10 kills, led by Jaidyn Steele with three and two for Bailey Lawton. Steele also had two solo blocks. Ebawnee Smercina had five assists, while libero Terry Gillett was kept especially busy bumping the ball to teammates.

“Sometimes you think aggressiveness is only on hitting, but I really preach that it’s on passing,” Profumo said.

The long run of games will shift into a break for Bulldog girls, who will next compete Sept. 15 with a doubleheader on the road, meeting both 3A Western League opponents Delta and Cedaredge in one day.

Until then, practices will help fine-tune the strengths and weaknesses for the 4-5 team. Simply having more prep time without game concerns will be the benefit, Profumo said.

“Mostly it’s just about small, technical things since we’ll have enough practices in a row to emphasize things,” she said. “Nothing too major.”