Monday, September 24, 2001
Steamboat Springs There was no standing around, there was no horseplay and no lack of intensity during Sailors volleyball practice Monday.
"We are not expecting Moffat County to be that tough, but we are not taking anyone lightly at this point," Steamboat junior Lizzy Sack said.
The Sailors have posted an impressive 10-match winning streak and will be looking to extend it tonight against the Bulldogs the varsity match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Moffat County Bulldogs, however, will come to Steamboat Springs with hopes of upsetting the league-leading Sailors.
The Bulldogs, who have yet to win in league play, will also be hoping for the squad's first win of the season.
"We are 4-0 in league play," Sailors head coach Wendy Hall said. "So everyone is gunning for us right now. They (Moffat County) should be up for us and I'm sure they will give us their best effort everyone else has."
Moffat County coach Vicki Hadden is hoping for a victory in the regional showdown with the Sailors but is more concerned about how her team responds on the court.
The team didn't play the first two weeks of the season because of a scheduling glitch that left them idol for 14 days, and Hadden admits her players have been playing catchup for most of the season.
"We got missed on the schedule so we didn't play any matches for the first two weeks of the season," Hadden said. "So we are excited just to be playing a match."
While the Bulldogs record is nothing to hide from, Hall thinks Moffat County will be a challenging match for the Sailors.
"I'm always worried about a let down, especially at this point of the season," Hall said.
The Sailors are coming off a huge 15-13, 15-6 win over Rifle last Saturday in Rifle.
"We are always pumped up to play after a big win," Sack said. "I don't think we will let down this week. We just want to keep things going."
The Rife game was a huge win for Steamboat, but Hall knows how quickly things can turn if a team loses its focus.
She recalls last year's homecoming game, when the Sailors lost to Palisade at home.
"It left a really bad taste in our mouths for the rest of the season," Hall said. "I hope I have a few players on this team who will remember that game."
During this homecoming week, Steamboat will face both Moffat County and Glenwood Springs. Hall is trying to keep her players focused on the Bulldogs in a week filled with distraction.
"Sure it's a big match, it's a big rivalry," Hadden said. "But the match is a good, clean rivalry and that's a credit to what a classy coach Wendy (Hall) is. She always has her players ready to go and it's always a good contest when these two teams meet."
While the Bulldogs are still looking for the squad's first win, Hadden was happy with the way her team played in last Saturday's 16-14, 15-10 loss to Glenwood Springs.
"Things are starting to gel for us a little," Hadden said. "We just want to walk off the floor with no regrets we want our players to leave it all out there."
Players that will lead Moffat County include seniors Amber Sanchez and Katie Telfer. Freshman Brandie Telfer could also have an impact in the game. The 5-foot, 11-inch freshman is the Bulldogs' tallest player.