MCHS volleyball team falls, 3-0, on Thursday night
The latest match for the Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team has all but pushed them out of tournament contention.
The Bulldogs fell to rival Steamboat Springs, losing three straight sets, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-17, on Thursday night. The sweep is the first of the season for the Sailors, who narrowly defeated MCHS, 3-2, in their last meeting.
“It’s what we’ve been waiting for and talking about but hadn’t been executing,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “It’s just very nice to see those kids go out on a really meaningful night.”
The win also ensured that Steamboat would qualify for the district tournament, and it eliminated Moffat County and Glenwood Springs.
Moffat County stands at sixth in the Western Slope League, behind No. 5 Glenwood.
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From the first serve, Steamboat was the more energized team Thursday.
The Sailors were overwhelming in the first game.
Steamboat was relentless at the net, and defensively didn’t allow Moffat’s tip game — one that had so much success the first time the two teams played — to do much of anything.
Moffat held one early lead in the first game, before Steamboat ran away with it.
“We were in a must-win situation,” Moffat County coach Sandy Camilletti said. “I guess we weren’t prepared to follow through. It was the lack of intensity, a lack of confidence and our passing. You can’t pass, you can’t put the ball down.”
The second game was tied at 6 before Steamboat went on a 10-3 run for a 16-9 lead, eventually taking the game. In the third game, Steamboat never trailed.
Now, the two teams prepare for a doubleheader Saturday.
Steamboat (9-8 overall, 5-5 in the league) plays at noon Saturday at Battle Mountain and at 5 p.m. at Eagle Valley. Moffat (6-11, 3-7) plays the same teams at reverse times.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.