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Moffat County volleyball bludgeons Basalt, celebrates seniors

From left, Moffat County High School varsity volleyball senior players Morgan Lawton, Leah Camilletti, Maddy Olinger, Bailey Kurz, Charli Earle and Hannah Walker gather together at center court after their Saturday 3-0 win against Basalt. The team's final home game will be Thursday as part of Homecoming against Grand Valley.
Andy Bockelman

If you go

Moffat County High School varsity volleyball Homecoming game vs. Grand Valley

6:30 p.m. Thursday

MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane

— C-Team plays at 4:30 and JV at 5:30 p.m. Players will wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Whatever happens in the following weeks, Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School volleyball will always have Senior Night. volleyball will always have Senior Night.

Moffat County High School volleyball will always have Senior Night.

The Lady Bulldogs swept their Basalt opponents in three quick sets Saturday, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-10, to escalate to 2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League..

2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League.

If you go

Moffat County High School varsity volleyball Homecoming game vs. Grand Valley

6:30 p.m. Thursday

MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane

— C-Team plays at 4:30 and JV at 5:30 p.m. Players will wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Moffat County had little trouble with the Longhorns, leading the entirety of the opening set as Morgan Lawton began serving, picking up eight aces throughout the match.

In the single instance of Basalt overtaking the Dogs with a 3-2 lead in the second set, the MCHS girls bared their teeth and nailed down six more points before the Longhorns knew what hit them.

The tone continued through a final set in which Moffat County was at their strongest with a seven-point run at 19-8 before a Basalt timeout slowed their momentum.

Mattie Jo Duzik led in kills with six, and she, Lawton and Emma Samuelson all had 100 percent service, with Samuelson getting six of the team’s 22 total aces.

Moffat County head coach Starla Jensen said she felt Basalt — 0-4 in the conference —played well despite a number of errors that hurt them.

“Staying focused is a big challenge in a game like this,” she said.

The Lady Dogs had a minor distraction of their own, rescheduling their day to recognize senior players — including Lawton, Leah Camilletti, Bailey Kurz, Charli Earle, Maddy Olinger and Hannah Walker — in a pre-game ceremony.

But, instead of getting bogged down in sentiment, the team was electrified in the supportive atmosphere.

“We were positive and excited and just ready to play,” Camilletti said.

Senior Night was originally the last home game of the season, further switched to the Thursday of the impending Homecoming Week, which will also be a pink game on behalf of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

MCHS will play Grand Valley on both dates with trips Coal Ridge and Gunnison, traveling to Parachute Oct. 24 for the final game of the season, which counts for league credit.

“They lost some good players last year, but they usually have a pretty good team,” Walker said of the Cardinals, 3-0 in WSL.

Though the Homecoming face-off will be non-conference, each of the next four games are big ones, Jensen said.

“It all counts in the rankings, that’s why every point is so important,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.


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