Sailors refuse to give up

District 8 tourney on Saturday

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The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball season starts anew this weekend. Losses to Delta and Eagle Valley don't matter. Neither do near wins against Glenwood Springs and Palisade.

Every volleyball team in the state is back to where they started -- with 0-0 records.

"We are not giving up on the season," Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. "We are approaching this week like it's a new season."

The fresh start is what Steamboat (8-10 overall, 6-8 in league) wants. As the No. 4 seed out of the Western Slope, the Sailors will travel to league champion Battle Mountain for the District 8 tournament.

Joining the Huskies and the Sailors are Pueblo Centennial (No. 2 seed from the South Central League), Widefield (No. 3 seed from the Colorado Springs Metro League), Pueblo East (No. 6 seed from South Central) and Mesa Ridge (No. 8 seed from Colorado Springs Metro).

Steamboat will be in a pool with Battle Mountain (17-2) and Mesa Ridge (7-12). The top two in each pool will advance to play the top two from the other pool. All matches are Saturday at Battle Mountain High School.

The championship matches begin at 4 p.m. Pool-play rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. The top two teams advance to regionals.

"I feel (that) as long as I've got kids who believe in their abilities, I feel good about our chances this week," Hall said. "If we can get everyone on the same page, we will upset someone this week."

At times this season -- league matches on the road in Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs and Palisade -- Steamboat looked much better than its final record showed. Other times, the Sailors did not play well.

Hall said she would challenge her team to play like the squad that performed well on the road.

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