Moffat County volleyball wins grudge match with Hayden in 2-2 go at Rangely tourney
It was a mixed weekend for Moffat County High School volleyball at the Rangely Tournament, with Friday struggles ultimately countered by Saturday’s Bulldog dominance.
MCHS was 2-2 overall in the weekend, falling in both their Friday games — 2-1 to Rangely and 2-0 to Telluride.
MoCo took a 25-23 win over the Panthers in the opening set, but lost to their hosts by the same score following that, narrowly losing the final round 15-13.
Despite the defeat, Bulldogs had 19 kills — seven of which were by Abbe Adams — seven aces and eight blocks.
MCHS girls faced harsher opponents to follow that day with the Telluride Miners, swept in sets of 25-16 and 25-20.
The next day fared much better as the Lady Dogs crushed Aurora’s Lotus School for Excellence, 25-7 and 25-8. With 13 kills helping them along, the highlight came at the serving line as Faith Morgan earned 10 aces in the match, the team gaining 19 total.
The big triumph came at the end of the tourney as the Bulldogs saw a rematch against fellow Yampa Valley team Hayden, and MoCo turned the tables on the Tigers — who defeated the Dogs in the season opener — to win 2-1.
Hayden took it to 26-24 in the first set, only for the Dogs to respond with a 25-19 second and a 15-9 finale.
With 26 K’s — six each for Adams and Jacie Evenson and five for Cayden King — and eight aces, the numbers were solid for the Bulldogs as they moved into 3A Western Slope League play, set to travel Tuesday to Basalt and Thursday to Coal Ridge in New Castle.