Grand Valley spikers beat Moffat County
CRAIG — After a sweep of Aspen during last week’s Homecoming, the Moffat County High volleyball team was on the other side of the 3-0 result this time with visiting Grand Valley beating the Bulldogs 25-12, 25-17 and 25-13.
The match started out positively enough for MCHS, with the Bulldogs jumping to a three-point lead against the Cardinals, who battled back in kind, giving Moffat County a workout until a timeout with the Parachute squad was up, 7-4.
The next time players took a breather, Grand Valley had doubled its points to 14-5, and from there, the Cardinals got to 20 before the Bulldogs even recorded another point of their own.
The girls in blue and white fought hard to get to double digits in the first set, but Grand Valley’s lead was too great.
The second set went from a score of 2-2 to 8-2 in the Cardinals’ favor in a matter of minutes, but MCHS wasn’t content to be left in the dust as easily this time, with finishes by Britney Rothermund and Lauren Samuelson adding to the effort. Still, the Bulldogs could not catch up to Grand Valley.
A move in the final set to make their mark did not materialize for Moffat County, though it looked like the team could manage a comeback midway through, thanks to the wall provided by Mattie Jo Duzik at the vanguard.
But Grand Valley continued to advance more and more incrementally in points compared to the Bulldogs’ struggle, and eventually that was that.
Coach David Walck said aggressive serves helped in a game that the Cardinals controlled almost entirely. However, there was room for improvement, he felt.
“I’m not real jazzed on some of the errors we made, and I think we could have controlled the ball a little better,” he said. “After the first set, I asked them, ‘Do you think you’re playing solid ball?’ and they said, ‘No,’ so I said, ‘What are we going to do to step up?’ I think they did well, they’re not afraid to go after the ball.”
Grand Valley recorded 26 digs among players, while Kyra Chenoweth led in aces with nine. In kills, Megan Smith notched 11.
“I feel like we did some good things offensively,” Walck said. “We did some things we haven’t done in a while.”
The 6-7 team will face off Friday against Rifle, followed by Meeker next week, which will be followed by a road league game next Saturday against 12-2 Olathe, a team ranking behind the 3-0 Cardinals in the 3A Western Slope League.
“They’ve got good chemistry, but they are beatable,” Walck said of the Pirates.
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