Sailors bite 'Dogs with rally, shutout


— The Steamboat Sailors volleyball squad taught the Moffat County Bulldogs a lesson on Thursday, scoring 21 consecutive points after finding themselves way behind in the first game of the match.
Down 9-12 in the first, Steamboat coach Wendy Hall called for a time out, letting her players know it was time to put some points on the scoreboard.
The Sailors responded well, winning the game 15-12. They followed with a 15-0 win in the second game.
Outside hitter Jessica Johnson led the team with 10 kills, and outside hitter Jessica Fritz had five kills for the 8-1 Sailors.
The crowd at Steamboat Springs High School had plenty to cheer about during the match.
Setter Maggie McElhinney had 16 assists and served 12-12 for the match. Katie Carter finished with two blocks and had a 13-13 serving effort.
Coach Vicki Haddan saw her Bulldogs fall to 6-2. Moffat County is now 2-1 in the conference.
"We were just in a bad rotation and couldn't get out of it," Haddan said. "When we tried to adjust to it, it just didn't work.
"In the first game, the kids looked great," Haddan said. "They proved to themselves that they could play with Steamboat."
Moffat County entered the contest with a young squad, with only two players returning from the 1999 season. Outsider hitter Amber Sanchez and setter Emily Mortensen are the only Bulldogs with previous varsity experience.
The Sailors, 3-1 in the conference, were trailing the Bulldogs for most of the first game, before fans saw the momentum shift.
Hall said it was the first time during the season that the Sailors faced adversity late in a game.
"I think they caught us off-guard," Hall said. "I thought we were playing passive.
"We had some tough matches, but we hadn't really been behind like that late in a game yet."
The Sailors, down 5-9 early in the first game, were probably overconfident playing at home, said middle blocker Lauren Dargevics, who celebrated her 17th birthday Thursday.
"I think we came out here thinking we we would win easily," Dargevics said. "We went out with that attitude."
"It can be a good thing or a bad thing," Dargevics said. "Today, it was a bad thing."
Steamboat plays host to the Indians of Montrose High School tonight at 7 p.m. The junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m.

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