MCHS spikers host tournament |

MCHS spikers host tournament

Bruce Tippets

Moffat County High School (MCHS) volleyball players will get a chance to show their stuff Saturday when they host the “Best of the West Tournament” at the high school and middle school gyms.

After three weeks of practice, second year coach Vicki Haddan believes her team will be set to go for the opening day tournament.

“I think that we are ready for the tournament,” said Haddan before practice Wednesday. “We have gone over all the offensive and defensive plays. We finished up all the teaching on Tuesday, and so hopefully the next few nights we can practice playing volleyball.”

The tournament is divided into four pools with three teams each, and the Bulldogs will start pool play at 9:45 a.m. in the high school gym against Hotchkiss. MCHS will finish pool play at 11 a.m. against Hayden in the same gym.

Last year at the “Best of the West Tournament” the Bulldogs won it’s pool, but lost in the first round of the winners bracket to Fruita Monument.

“We should be at the top of our pool,” said Haddan. “I will be really disappointed if we are not. Then we will go into the championship bracket. I can’t wait to play some of the better schools.”

Pool 2 consists of Grand Junction Central, SoRoCO, and West Central. Pool 3 features Fruita, Delta, and North Park. Pool 4 will have Steamboat Springs, Meeker and Middle Park.

“We do a regular game to 15 in the tournament and play best out of three in pool play,” said Haddan. “The top teams from pool play will advance to the championship bracket where it will be single elimination .”

Haddan said the tournament will feature some solid teams.

“Grand Junction Central has a strong team this year,” said Haddan. “Steamboat Springs will have another good returning team. Those are two really tough teams in the tournament.”

“I want to see the team work well together Saturday and win a few games,” said senior Cammie Hillewaert. “This year we want to go a lot farther than we did last year in regionals and have a better overall record. It’s nice starting out with the tournament at home. Then you know how everybody plays.”

Haddan believes the tournament will give the players a chance to work on all areas of the game.

“We need to work on our game play,” said Haddan. “We need to work on our serve, receive and the fundamentals of blocking.”