The Hayden High School volleyball team is .500 after four matches this season.
The Tigers (2-2 overall) placed third at the Aspen Tournament, finishing 1-2, but they came back to town and defeated the Steamboat Springs junior varsity team in five games Tuesday. Hayden defeated Steamboat, 25-21, 26-28, 19-25, 25-19, 15-10.
"The girls played so well," Tigers coach Becky Burdick said. "I told them, 'You want to beat them. You can beat them. So beat them.'"
Burdick did not have any statistics from the game but said she was proud of how her team came back to win in five games. Steamboat's JV defeated Hayden last season.
"The girls knew where they needed to put the ball and played aggressive," Burdick said.
This year, the Tigers are running a 5-1 offense, with Mariah Doolin serving as the only setter. The switch has helped simplify everyone's jobs.
Hayden opened the season with a third-place showing Saturday in Aspen.
"The girls played really well, especially for the first games of the season," Burdick said. "I'm really looking forward to the season."
Hayden meets Soroco (2-3 overall) at 6 p.m. Friday at Soroco High School in Oak Creek. The match is a nonleague contest.
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