Steamboat Springs Middle blocker Lauren Dargevics said the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball practices have had a little more electricity this week as the team prepares to compete in the district playoffs.
Steamboat will face Delta in the squad's first match on Friday at 3:30 p.m. But the Steamboat players can't wait to get to Glenwood and will arrive for the first matches of the day at 2 p.m.
"We want to get there early and see some of the other teams play," Dargevics said. "We are all really psyched to get going."
The Sailors will be the top seed in pool A, but Dargevics said her team isn't taking anything for granted. They will arrive early and check out both the Palisade and Montezuma-Cortez in two different matches, which start at 2 p.m. Both teams look like contenders in the tournament.
"It's a great place to start," Dargevics said of the top seed. "But we are still trying to take it one game at a time."
The Sailors finished the season in first place in the Western Slope Conference with a 10-2 record. Rifle was second at 9-3 and Palisade came in third tied with Moffat County with 7-5 records.
The seeding for the the district playoffs will be slightly different, however, since both Montezuma-Cortez and Montrose drop into the mix.
Montezuma-Cortez, 10-0 this season, will have the No. 2 seed because the team won the Southwestern League and will be the top team in pool B. Rifle, the No. 3 seed, will also be in pool B along with No. 6 seed Moffat County and No. 7 seed Glenwood Springs.
Steamboat will join No. 4 seed Palisade, No. 5 seed Montrose and No. 8 Seed Delta in pool A. Delta topped Battle Mountain 15-6, 15-11 on Tuesday night to get the final district berth.
"Records don't mean anything anymore," Sailors head coach Wendy Hall said. "Once we get to districts, everybody starts with the same record."
Dargevics and Hall said Palisade may present the biggest challenge for the Sailors in pool A. Palisade has come around recently. The Bulldogs posted huge wins over both Steamboat and Rifle in the final stretch of the season.
"They are hot right now," Dargevics said of Palisade. "I think we are looking at them as the key match, but we are trying to focus on one game at a time."
Steamboat's matches Friday will include the 3:30 p.m. match against Delta and a 6:30 p.m. match against Montrose. On Saturday, the Sailors will face Palisade in a 10:30 a.m. match.
The top two teams in each pool will be cross-bracketed during matches at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The third-place match will start at 4 p.m. and the championship match is slated for 5:30 p.m.
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