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Split matches don’t slow Bullpup spikers

Bruce Tippets

The Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams won four of six matches Saturday against Rangely at the middle school gyms.

In the eighth-grade A contest, the Bullpups lost the first game 14-16, but came back to win the next two, 15-5 and 15-5.

“For the A team they played pretty well,” said coach Kelly McLaughlin. “They played pretty aggressive on the floor, but they need to take care of the ball a little bit more.”

The B team downed Rangely, 15-13 and 15-10, while the C team lost, 4-15 and 9-15.

“Our B kids played really aggressive volleyball and they didn’t give up,” said McLaughlin. “It was a very close game and their strength is serving and that’s what really won the game.”

For the seventh-graders in the C game, the Bullpups came up on top in the first game, 15-11, but lost the next two, 9-15 and 11-15.

“In the C game we came out really strong and Rangely came back to win the game,” said coach Tim Hurst. “The team just didn’t play up to their potential.”

In the B game the Bullpups won a tight three-game match, 15-3, 11-15 and 17-15. In the A game the Bullpups rolled past Rangely, 15-3 and 15-9.

“The B game was really exciting,” said Hurst. “In the second game Rangely got their offense together and we had trouble with that. In the last game we were just not going to be denied. It got a little scary when it was 15-14 in favor for Rangely, but we won the game on a pretty good play.

“In the A game our skills were just all on,” said Hurst. “Everybody was just passing the ball and setting it up. Our serves were just on.”

The Bullpups are on the road for the rest of the season and they will next be in action at 5 p.m. Thursday against Hayden.

“We are real excited about going on the road,” said McLaughlin. “They seem like they travel pretty well. We are pretty competitive with the teams that we play. We are playing pretty good ball.”