Victory streak snapped

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The Hayden High School volleyball team's four-match win streak was snapped Thursday by a loss to Little Snake River.

Hayden dropped another match to Rangely on Friday. The Tigers, who have become accustomed to playing lengthy matches, did not go down in three games.

Little Snake River, of Baggs, Wyo., defeated Hayden, 25-11, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11.

"It was a great match," Tigers coach Becky Burdick said. "We could have totally had it. After we won those two games, the girls were playing so well."

In a week's time, Hayden played five matches, but fatigue wasn't a factor in either loss.

"Their endurance is really good," Burdick said. "They want to win so bad. That's what they concentrate on."

Rangely defeated Hayden on Friday, 23-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-21.

"My girls fought hard, and that's all I can ask for," Burdick said.

In the two matches, seniors Sara Sumerlin and Chelsea Fry had 15 kills each. Junior Em--ily Whiteman added 12 kills. Freshman Kylee Sweetser had five kills, and junior Jess Martin had three kills.

Senior Alicia Hall, junior Jeni Medvesk and sophomore Jacquelyn Denker had 25 perfect serves. Burdick said she mixed up the starting rotation during the weekend. Hall, Medvesk and Denker are serving as defensive specialists, giving front row players Fry, Whiteman and Sweetser a break.

Up next for Hayden (5-4 overall, 2-1 in Western Slope League play) is a 6 p.m. Friday match against Paonia in Hayden. It is the Tigers' homecoming match. The freshmen start things off at 4 p.m., and junior varsity plays at 5 p.m.

-To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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