Steamboat sweeps Rifle |

Steamboat sweeps Rifle

Joel ReichenbergerSteamboat Pilot & TodayPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – For the second straight match, the Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team found itself up, 2-0, and cruising after taking the first two games from Rifle in Saturday’s home match.When confronted with the same situation Thursday at Glenwood Springs, the Sailors temporarily buckled, letting the Demons push them to five games.On Saturday there was so such quivering. Steamboat slammed the door and cruised to a 2-0 league record and 5-1 mark on the season.Steamboat won, 25-9, 25-15, 25-18.”We were focused and ready to play,” coach Wendy Hall said. “We were doing things well right off the bat, and that carried us through.”The Sailors were at their best in the opening game.Steamboat’s Jayde Mattox strung together a big run in the middle of the game to give her team a huge advantage. The Sailors led, 9-6, when she started serving and were in command, 18-6, when she finished.The Bears only scored three more points, and Steamboat was on its way to the three-game victory.Things were closer in the second and third games, but a strong performance by senior Colleen King helped keep Steamboat in front.She finished the night with a team-best 17 kills and had seven of them in the second game.She knocked home six in the third game.”She’s no doubt a special player, but also the ultimate teammate,” Hall said. “She’s always the first to take credit for a mistake and never anything but positive.”Hall was also quick to acknowledge the players that put King in position for those gaudy statistics.Setter Jenna Peters finished with 16 assists, and Kelsey Butler, Mattox and Tia Duryea played well receiving Rifle’s serves and converting them into settable balls.Steamboat had 14 serve-receive errors against Glenwood Springs and just five Saturday.”That’s a huge improvement,” Hall said. “Those aren’t spotlight positions, but it’s the most important part of your offense. I’m proud of the effort they gave in taking that on and handling it.”

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