MCHS volleyball team goes 2-2 at season-opening tourney |

MCHS volleyball team goes 2-2 at season-opening tourney

Joshua Gordon

Kelsey Pomeroy, a Moffat County High School junior, goes up for the ball during practice Aug. 24 at MCHS. The MCHS varsity volleyball team went 2-2 during the Regis Jesuit Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Aurora.

The Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team may have opened the season similar to last year, but head coach Sandy Camilletti said the results feel different.

The Bulldogs played in the Regis Jesuit Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Aurora, going 2-2 to finish fourth in a 16-team bracket. The Bulldogs posted the same 2-2 record in the tourney last year.

"Working with the girls this summer and the beginning of the season, I think we have a better understanding of the game," Camilletti said. "Last year, I think we played defensively and already this year we are playing more offense.

"The girls know the plays and they are hitting the spot they are aiming for."

The Bulldogs (2-2 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) defeated Clear Creek High School in three straight sets in the first match and scored another shutout over The Academy to finish the first day 2-0.

Camilletti said her team's ability to control the first two matches was a result of great serving.

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The Bulldogs scored 15 aces against The Academy.

"I was happy with our serving because they knew where to aim the ball at and they hit it," she said. "We have worked on serving a lot in practice and I think they had confidence in that area and it showed."

The second day wasn't as productive for the Bulldogs.

In the team's first match against Jefferson Academy, the Bulldogs came out slowly, falling 25-7 in the first set and losing in three straight sets.

However, the team played well in the final two sets against Jefferson Academy, 25-21 and 25-21, to give them momentum heading into their final match against Air Academy.

The Bulldogs won the first set, 25-21, but lost the next three to be eliminated from the tournament.

"We were a little tired and not as focused on the second day," Camilletti said. "Friday was a long day, and I think the girls just weren't mentally prepared."

The lack of focus was evident, Camilletti said, in the team's mistakes, such as net violations.

"When the other team would score three points in a row, we have to be able to strike back," she said. "Momentum is big in volleyball, so we need to be able to take it back and keep battling."

The Bulldogs play their home opener at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane, against Grand Junction High School.

Camilletti said her players know what they need to work on to prepare for Grand Junction.

"We have to be able to minimize our unforced errors in hitting and serve-receiving," she said. "The girls played well in their first tournament and just have to work on game management moving forward."

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Moffat County High School varsity volleyball team’s results from Friday and Saturday’s Regis Jesuit Tournament in Aurora:

Match 1

(set 1 — set 2 — set 3 — final)

• MCHS: 25 — 25 — 25 — 3

• Clear Creek: 18 — 18 — 12 — 0

Match 2

• MCHS: 25 — 25 — 25 — 3

• The Academy: 13 — 21 — 12 — 0

Match 3

• MCHS : 7 — 21 — 21 — 0

• Jeff. Acad.: 25 — 25 — 25 — 3

Match 4

(set 1 — set 2 — set 3 — set 4 — final)

• MCHS: 25 — 21 — 26 — 13 — 1

• Air Acad.: 21 — 25 — 28 — 25 — 3

— MCHS went 2-2 during

the two-day tournament