Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team returned from its longest road trip of the season with a 1-2 record.
Steamboat lost to defending Western Slope League champion Palisade, 25-18, 20-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-9, on Sept. 23. The Sailors continued their two-day trip with a 26-24, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17 nonleague loss to Fruita and a 26-28, 25-22, 25-15, 25-14 win against league foe Delta.
"I thought we let one get away in Palisade," Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. "I thought we had them on the ropes up a game. We just didn't play well in the last two games."
Steamboat had two matches Sept. 24 -- a morning match against Fruita and an evening match against Delta.
The Sailors (4-3 overall, 3-2 league) found out about the death of friend and former teammate Adele Dombrowski between the Fruita and Delta matches. Dombrowski, a senior, was a member of the Steamboat volleyball program for three years.
Hall said she was thankful parents were in attendance and the girls were able to be together. After dropping the first game against a lesser opponent in Delta, Steamboat rallied to win the final three games.
"It was a release," she said.
This week has been difficult for the team. Hall was hoping to have everyone for Wednesday's practice. The Sailors continue their season against unbeaten Battle Mountain at 6:30 tonight at the high school.
As a coach, Hall has not had to help a team through the loss of a friend during the season, so she is trying to help the girls as best she can.
"Volleyball has been secondary," she said.
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