First impressions: Stormy Schuler discusses inaugural season with Moffat County volleyball team
Season at a glance
Moffat County High School varsity volleyball season results:
Date Competitor Score
Sept. 3 George Washington 3-2W
Sept. 3 Fort Lupton 3-0W
Sept. 4 Castle View 3-1L
Sept. 4 Bear Creek 3-0L
Sept. 9 Grand Junction 3-0L
Sept. 11 Fruita Monument 3-0L
Sept. 14 Hayden 3-0W
Sept. 17 Palisade 3-0L
Sept. 18 Delta 3-1L
Sept. 25 Glenwood Springs 3-2W
Sept. 30 Steamboat Springs 3-2L
Oct. 2 Eagle Valley 3-0L
Oct. 2 Battle Mountain 3-1W
Oct. 9 Delta 3-1L
Oct. 12 Palisade 3-1W
Oct. 16 Glenwood Springs 3-2L
Oct. 21 Steamboat Springs 3-0L
Oct. 23 Battle Mountain 3-0L
Oct. 23 Eagle Valley 3-0L
Season record: 6-13 overall, 3-9 Western Slope League
Playing hard and playing strong.
In the eyes of Stormy Schuler, these are the attributes the Moffat County High School volleyball teams exhibited throughout the season.
As the assistant coach for the varsity team and the head coach of the junior varsity squad, Schuler saw a consistently high level of play from both teams.
The change was drastic from what she had seen when she started with the team in August.
“At first, I was not impressed with what I saw coming, there was a lot of going back and breaking bad habits,” she said. “By the end of the season, the level of improvement was huge, and I think we’re starting to develop a program of volleyball here, even though the record doesn’t show that as far as varsity games.”
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The varsity team’s season ended Saturday when they lost two straight matches to Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. Both matches were 3-0 losses.
The final record for the team was 6-13 overall and 3-9 in the Western Slope League.
Schuler said the team improved the most in fundamental skills throughout the season.
“The things that they’re doing and the way that they’re playing is where it needs to be,” she said.
With four seniors on the team, varsity will have slots open next year, which Schuler will be on the lookout to fill based on the work she did with the underclassmen on the JV team.
“It always hurts a team to lose seniors, but with the kids we’ve got returning, I think the outlook will be very good,” she said.
Throughout the season, Schuler split her time between the two teams, working with the JV during shared practices and their games. During varsity matches, her responsibility was to analyze opposing teams and assist head coach Sandy Camilletti in strategizing during timeouts.
Camilletti held Schuler’s position of assistant coach in 2008, taking the head coaching job this season.
“I learned a lot from Sandy. She was very helpful and very welcoming to me,” Schuler said. “She knew all the girls and their personalities, whereas I had no idea about all of them. But she let me form my own opinion instead of just saying, ‘This girl’s this way, this girl’s that way.’”
Schuler said that with the two of them not hired until mid-summer, the players suffered slightly because of a lag in the practice schedule.
“We were playing catch-up constantly with all these other teams that had girls in the gym for 20, 30 days before us,” she said. “I think Sandy did a good job with what she had. She’s a very competitive person, and that’s just what this program needs.”
Schuler said the important part of the season was focusing on good play and proper skills as a whole, without letting the season record dictate how the teams are viewed.
“It’s about building a program, and if they’re doing things the correct way, the wins will come,” she said.
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