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Bears spikers improve in loss to Moffat County

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CRAIG ” The wins aren’t there yet, but progress is getting closer for the Rifle volleyball team.

The Bears lost to Moffat County in three games, 17-25, 22-25, 9-25, Thursday night. The three-game loss made the Bears 1-15 in games this year, but coach Geneva Farr was upbeat after the match.

“We didn’t even show up against Glenwood,” she said about her team’s opening WSL match. “Tonight though, if we’re going to lose, this is the way I like to see it. The heart and the desire were there tonight.”

The Bulldogs were also there, digging nearly everything that came their way.

“I’ve never had a team that hustles and keeps the ball alive like this one,” Moffat County coach Becky Jackson said. “When you keep the ball alive it breaks the other team down.”

The Bulldogs’ defensive abilities didn’t go unnoticed.

“They’re an exceptional defensive team,” Farr said.

Rifle led in the first two games, 12-11 and 15-14, but the Bulldogs were rally killers. They never let the Bears score more than three consecutive points all evening.

“We were able to keep our volleys to a minimum tonight,” Jackson said. “The girls did a good job of recovering after losing a point.”

In the first game the Bulldogs’ big defensive effort came when Rifle led 12-11. Moffat senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos had blocks on consecutive points to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

In the third game Moffat senior April Sanchez and sophomore Angie Charchalis combined for 14 points on their serves.

“I thought our service game was the best it’s been all year,” Jackson said. “Our third game was also probably our highest hitting percentage of the season as well.”

For Farr, the Bears’ highlights came from sophomore Abbey Schmidt, who had four kills, and senior Tiffany Hardy, who “played defense like an animal.”

The win improved Moffat County to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the WSL. The Bears are now 0-5 and 0-2 in the WSL.

Rifle hosts Steamboat Springs at 1 p.m. Saturday while Moffat travels to face Glenwood Springs at 1 p.m.

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