Moffat County volleyball misses out on regionals |

Moffat County volleyball misses out on regionals

Nate Waggenspack

The Moffat County High School volleyball team celebrates after a win at MCHS earlier this season. The Bulldogs' season came to an end Monday when they were not selected for a 3A regional pairing. They finished 5-18.

The Moffat County volleyball season did not end how Sandy Camilletti envisioned.

In her mind, Camilletti saw the Bulldogs using their improved play of late to push for a 3-1 record at the Western Slope League Championships over the weekend, and then sneaking into the 3A regional pairings.

But it was the opposite of a successful weekend, with MCHS going a quiet 0-4 in games Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.

"I had high hopes for this weekend," Camilletti said. "I sort of messed up against Rifle with my substitutions. I made some errors in the Rifle game and we lost. It just kind of went downhill from there."

Moffat County played against Rifle and Roaring Fork Friday. In their last meeting with the Bears, Moffat won in three sets. But this time, Rifle got revenge, coming back from a 2-1 hole and winning in five sets.

After that, the Bulldogs lost to a tough Roaring Fork team for the third time this year, before falling to Basalt and Cedaredge Saturday.

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The losses erased any chance Moffat County had of playing in a regional game. Grand Valley, who the Bulldogs split matches with during the season, was the fifth and final WSL team to be selected, getting the 33rd seed in the 36-team tournament.

"It was disappointing," Camilletti said of missing regionals. "It didn't just come down to these games at the end. We lost too many games in the beginning. Then it does become crunch time at the end, where you need to win. There were things we should have done earlier in the season to improve our chances."

Still, there was a marked difference between the team that took the court at the end of August and the one that was playing in October, which Camilletti was proud of.

"The girls, they definitely improved from day one to the end," Camilletti said. "I think that was obvious. I hope their love for the game is enough to bring them back. I told them don't wait until next July to pick up a volleyball."

It was the final matches for Lisa Camilletti and Kelsie Pomeroy, the two seniors on the Moffat County squad this season. But while the seniors will be missed, the rest of the 10-girl varsity roster could return, and a hungry group of underclassmen could make for a deep team in 2013.

"I am excited for them next year," Sandy Camilletti said. "The freshman class (from this year) is really strong, I think that's one of the strongest classes I've seen in a long time. Losing two seniors is tough, but there's a lot of promise for next year for sure, and some competition for spots."

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