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Roaring Fork routs Moffat County volleyball during league opener

Moffat County High School's Maddy Olinger knocks the ball over the Roaring Fork defense during the varsity volleyball team's Saturday home game. The Lady Bulldogs lost in three sets to the Rams in the first Western Slope League game for both teams.

Every team has its superstitions, and for the rest of the season, Moffat County High School volleyball will likely be keeping a cautious eye on their scoreboard.

The Lady Bulldogs are 0-1 in the 3A Western Slope League after being swept in three sets by Roaring Fork in a home game that started very much their way.

Moffat County was ahead, 13-8, in the first set and ready to keep going when an electrical short temporarily knocked out their scoreboard. The work to fix it caused it a sizable delay, and officials decided to keep track of points on a dry-erase board rather than hold up the game further.

Suddenly the energy was different, and a few points for the Rams turned into a lot, and once the scoreboard was working again, it read 20-14 in Roaring Fork's favor, the opponents going on to win, 25-18.

As the Lady Dogs tried to shake off the defeat and focus, the situation kept worsening, and a Bulldog timeout at 15-6 let them get their heads straight only to quickly be faced with game point at 24-14. With Hannah Walker serving, Charli Earle setting and Mattie Jo Duzik vigilant at the net, the team refused to quit with lengthy rallies showing off their tenacity before the ball finally fell Roaring Fork's way to end it 25-20.

The Rams set the tone early for the final round of play, jumping out ahead, 6-0, keeping the lead the whole game and finishing it, 25-21, despite substantial pushback from Moffat County's Morgan Lawton, Leah Camilletti and Maddy Olinger.

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"I don't know what was happening," Olinger said. "We were getting down on ourselves, we weren't ready, and there was a lot of tips not hits. We definitely need to work on helping each other out."

Roaring Fork moves to 1-0 in the WSL and 2-0 on the overall season after a Thursday 3-1 win against Aspen for the Carbondale squad.

While the Rams struggled with five straight losses during pre-season tournament time, coach Jennifer Dority sees them on the rise.

"It's a growing, budding program we've got, and they're coming together, gelling as a team, learning their jobs," she said, highlighting Lyndsay Hansen's 11 kills and seven blocks.

The scoreboard holdup may have contributed to the loss of momentum for the 0-2 Lady Dogs, but neither players nor coaches see any reason why the delay should have affected them.

"That was hard, but ultimately we should be able to handle that kind of adversity," said assistant coach Erin Knez, who oversaw the C-Team and JV as they both beat the Rams, 2-0.

MCHS head coach Starla Jensen said the varsity team showed tremendous defense, yet service below their usual standards kept them from making much progress.

The group needs to be able to come together under pressure, she added, including upcoming games with Steamboat Springs and a WSL match with Coal Ridge.

"How we come back from this will tell a lot about what kind of team we are, that's what we talk about in the locker room," she said. "We have to come back and be able to play."

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