Steamboat spikes Bulldogsin opener |

Steamboat spikes Bulldogsin opener

David Pressgrove

As if facing Steamboat Springs, the seventh ranked team in Class 4A, wasn’t going to be enough of a challenge for the Moffat County volleyball players, the Bulldog’s outside hitter, sophomore Brandie Telfer, twisted her ankle during warm-ups. Although she was visibly less mobile, Telfer toughed it out during the game, but the Bulldogs were no match for the taller, more powerful visitors from the ‘Boat. Steamboat won 15-4, 15-3 in Craig Thursday night.

“We were definitely worried after she (Brandie) went down,” said senior Amanda Tomlinson. “This match was a downer for us.”

The Bulldogs had five matches on their side as the Sailors were entering their first match of the season. Additionally, the Sailors went into the match with an unexpected line-up change after finding out that senior Allison Griffing would sit out due to mononucleosis.

The home team looked more experienced at the beginning of the first match as the Sailors had several miscommunications that led to several side outs and one point for the Bulldogs. But once the Sailors shook off the season-opener cobwebs they had smooth sailing from there.

The outside combination of senior Katie Carter on the right and senior southpaw Bayli Stillwell on the left combined for six kills and kept the Bulldogs on their heels. Carter also took control of the game with her jump serve, as she scored seven straight points to open up the score to a 13-2 Sailor lead.

In the second game, the Bulldogs took several starters out of the line-up and the quick fix worked briefly. With the score 2-2 the home town crowd started to make some noise but it was Carter’s turn to serve and she silenced the fans quicker than it took them to stand up and get rowdy. Carter capped off an 11 for 12 serving night with four points as she gave her team a 6-2 lead.

The senior-laden Sailors earned their pre-season acclaim.

“We had to adjust with a new line-up just last night,” said Sailor head coach Wendy Hall. “All the credit goes to the girls, they put it together without the starting middle blocker we’ve been practicing with all August and even in the summer.”

Even in the absence of a key player, the lady sailors worked together.

“They are a very tall and talented team,” she said. “To be able to play with a team of their caliber we have to be better blockers and diggers and we weren’t tonight,” said Bulldog head coach Rosie Lear.

“They were a lot better than they looked in Meeker,” said senior Lauren Bergmann, referring to the scrimmage against the Sailors earlier in the season. “We need to work on better passes and serve-receive if we are going to be able to play with them.”

The Bulldogs will use today to rid themselves of the nightmares of Carter and Stillwell spikes flying at them and regroup for a match against Eagle Valley on Saturday at home.

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