Loss to Bulldogs frustrates Sailors

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After the Steamboat Springs volleyball team lost to Palisade on Friday night, a disappointed Wendy Hall stood outside the Sailors locker room wonder what's next for the Sailors.

"I'm frustrated for the girls on this team," the Sailors coach said. "I know they have the talent to play with and beat good teams. I don't know if it's in their head or in their heart, but for some reason, we just can't seem to turn the corner."

Hall said that after playing a tight match with Glenwood Springs and beating Rifle last week, she thought the Sailors were finally starting to come together.

But those efforts only made the losses this week to Middle Park and Palisade more disappointing.

"We still have time to turn this around," Hall said. "I don't want to see (our season) end this way, and I don't think the girls do either."

On Friday night, the Sailors were unable to stop Palisade's offensive attack, which was led by middle blocker Kaity Edmiston and outside hitter Meagan Bosch. The Bulldogs' scrappy defensive play also kept the Sailors off balance and helped the visiting team escape with a 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 25-13 victory.

Katie Gary, who finished the match with 12 kills and six errors, led Steamboat. Lisa Floyd recorded seven kills and three errors, and Hestia Chase had six kills and two errors.

"This match was a chance to redeem ourselves after losing to Middle Park," Chase said. "But we didn't get it done."

Chase said the Sailors are frustrated with the last two outings and are hoping to turn it around today against Delta.

"It's so much more fun when we are playing our game," Chase said. "We need to pick it up and show what we can do."

Steamboat will host Delta at 1 p.m. today at the high school gym. The Sailors are 7-7 overall and 5-5 in league play.

-- To reach John F. Russell ,call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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