Steamboat volleyball does quick work
Sailors cruise by Moffat County in 3 games
Steamboat Springs — Give the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team any sort of momentum, rivalry or not, and the Sailors will likely make it a quick night.
Playing chief rival Moffat County on Thursday in Steamboat Springs, the Sailors got a little early momentum, continued the pressure and easily cruised past the Bulldogs in three games, winning 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13.
Steamboat, 13-2 overall and 9-1 in the Western Slope League, has now won six straight matches, five of those in three games.
“Moffat is bold on our schedule,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “The kids look forward to that match. It’s a special home match for us. It’s that proximity. It’s a rivalry that’s been there for years and years and years. I don’t think they’d ever look past Moffat County.”
From the get-go, the Sailors showed they were the team to beat.
After the teams traded early points, Steamboat jumped up 12-8 in the first game, forcing Moffat to call a timeout.
It didn’t seem to work for the Bulldogs, as the Sailors ripped off 13 of the next 21 points, keyed by six first-game kills from senior Devin Wilkinson.
“I don’t think my girls showed up and played with any intensity” Thursday, Moffat coach Brianna Montgomery-Braun said. “I just felt like even in warm-ups they were struggling to find it. I don’t know what that’s from. We’ve been like that all year. It’s been kind of up and down.”
That up-and-down play continued for most of the next two games. Anytime it looked like the Bulldogs would build on any sort of momentum, the Sailors would snatch it right back.
With Moffat ahead, 5-4, in the second game, Steamboat went on an 8-0 run to take control and a 12-5 lead.
From there, there wasn’t much Moffat County could do.
“I told the girls this is the best team I’ve ever been on,” Steamboat setter Colleen King said. “We like to break other teams down mentally. We like to get in their heads. The momentum off this should be helpful Saturday.”
Wilkinson led the Sailors with 11 kills and three blocks. King chipped in nine kills, and Lindsey Yost had two blocks. Natasha Romney paced the Bulldogs with five kills, and Melissa Camilletti had nine assists.
Both teams play two games Saturday with different hopes.
For Moffat County and Montgomery-Braun, the focus will be on picking up some momentum.
The team plays Eagle Valley at 11 a.m. and Battle Mountain at 4 p.m. Both games are at Moffat County High School.
“We have a lot of potential. We just need to get on a little bit of a roll,” she said. “I think they are a deadly team. We set big goals for ourselves. We’ve just beaten ourselves down. It’s figuring out how to get out of that hole.”
Steamboat, however, has a potential league title and a little revenge on its mind. The team hosts Battle Mountain at 11 a.m. and league-leading Eagle Valley at 4 p.m.
Eagle Valley was the last – and lone league opponent – to beat Steamboat this season.
The last time the two squads played, the Sailors were battling multiple illnesses and an identity crisis, trying to figure out what type of team they’d be.
Hall said this time there won’t be either.
“Last time we were shaky at best,” Hall said. “The kids, the look in their eye right now is pretty special. I feel really good about Saturday.”
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