Varsity girls prepare for volleyball season opener |

Varsity girls prepare for volleyball season opener

John Vandelinder

Senior Meghan Innes and the rest of the Moffat County volleyball team start the season today at Rangely. Varsity coach Brianna Montgomery said she expects her team to step up with two players out from injuries in the opener.

— The Moffat County varsity girls volleyball team hasn’t spent any time this week preparing for its match-up with Rangely High School.

The Bulldogs aren’t planning any trickery or designing any new plays.

First year head coach Brianna Montgomery hasn’t even seen the opposition.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Montgomery said.

Rangely coach Dave Walck, in his 12th year as head coach, is anticipating the contest.

“We schedule them because they are a bigger team, in a much more competitive district,” Walck said.

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The Bulldogs are a 4A team, while the Panthers are 2A.

Rangely returns eight letter winners, to the Bulldogs six.

“We are down two seniors from injuries,” Montgomery said. “But I fully expect everyone to step up and take on bigger roles.”

Walck has been preparing the Panthers for the speed of the Bulldog offense as well as its athleticism.

“Craig has great athletes,” Walck said. “But we aren’t a pushover. We don’t believe in rebuilding. We reload.”

Moffat County will be moving star Ariel Sanchez to outside hitter, to make up for the shortage in depth.

“Ariel is our star, she can do it all,” Montgomery said. “But everyone will play a vital role for us.”

With the Bulldog offense a strong point, the coach said, defense, digging and passing have become more prominent than in the past.

“That is the main reason why our offense moves so quick,” Montgomery said. “Pushing the ball up to our strengths, which is hitting, enables us to run a variety of sets and creates a fast offense.”

Walck simply wants a match-up against a larger district team.

“It’s a good way to measure up and get some playoff-type experience,” Walck said. “We are very optimistic, and we’re going to make a stab at them.”

Not knowing what the opposition, may actually have made it easier for the Bulldogs to prepare.

“Sometimes its better not knowing,” Montgomery said. “We just worked on improving our own weaknesses. We will be ready for whatever they throw at us.”

If you go

What: MCHS volleyball versus Rangely

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Rangely high School, 234 Jones Ave. in Rangely

• For more information, call 970-675-2253