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Volleyball team puts focus on advancing

Two years ago, Moffat County surprised the volleyball world by advancing out of the district tournament as a third seed. This year, coach Becky Jackson is confident her team has a chance to do the same thing as the fifth seed.

“I’ve done some scouting and I think we can do well,” Jackson said. “This team is capable of advancing from this weekend.”

The Bulldogs left today to prepare for the district tournament hosted by Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Pine Creek has the best record in the district and finished second in the Colorado Springs Metro League this year.

“Their league is comparable to ours,” Jackson said. “On paper I think we’re just as good.”

The Bulldogs, who finished fifth in the Western Slope League, will find out early Saturday how they compare. They face Pine Creek, 15-4, in the first match at 9 a.m.

“I think it will be good to start out against (Pine Creek),” senior Brittany Goss said. “They’ll probably be over-confident.”

The Bulldogs struggled late in the season to start out quick in matches. They had to come from behind to win matches.

Jackson said she hoped a week of preparation for the district would have the team ready.

“We’ve had a good week, with lots of one-on-one time, and I think we’ll come out fast,” she said. “I keep stressing how confident I am and they believe.”

The tournament starts with three-team pool play and the top two teams out of each pool advance to a four-team playoff in the afternoon. Six teams are at each district site, with eight districts throughout the state. The top two teams from the district advance to the regional brackets.

“I expect it to be us and Pine Creek advancing,” Jackson said.

Skyview, 6-13, is also in Moffat’s pool. The Bulldogs play Skyview at 10:30 a.m. The top two teams out of each pool will meet at 1:30 p.m. The championship is at 3 p.m.

The other three teams in the district are Montezuma-Cortez, 13-6, Alamosa, 11-7, and Liberty, 10-8.

Six Western Slope League teams will compete this weekend for a trip to the regional. Battle Mountain, the WSL champion, is hosting District 8 and No. 4 Steamboat Springs is there, as well. Glenwood Springs, the league’s No. 2 finisher, is at Cheyenne Mountain along with Delta. Palisade, which finished third in the league, is the second seed in District 6, hosted by Pueblo West.

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