League opener hinges on Steamboat defense

Sailors volleyball opens Western Slope play against Glenwood Springs today

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Volleyball - Steamboat vs. Glenwood Springs

  • Thursday, September 11, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St., Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— After a fast start in the preseason, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team opens up its Western Slope League schedule against Glenwood Springs at 6:30 p.m. today in the school's Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

The Sailors (4-1 overall, 0-0 in league play) are among a few teams expected to battle for a league championship.

"There's pressure on every game," Steamboat senior Kacey Bull said. "This game will affect our seed for regionals, but so did the last one. The league opener adds pressure, but I think we're trying to stay away from that."

Steamboat has certainly been able to keep the pressure off in the early going. Despite returning only three starters from last year's team, the Sailors have looked like a veteran bunch from the beginning.

"We're ready for league to start, and we better be ready for it because every game is super-critical," Hall said. "You want to make sure you're taking care of the ones at home."

Glenwood comes in with an explosive offensive attack. Hall said the Demons have a strong middle attack and a right-side hitter who can generate a lot of offense. Hall said the key to the game will again be the Sailors' defense.

"They're physical and capable of playing a strong offense," Hall said. "We have to make sure our defense is ready for that. We have to keep our focus with our game and our team."

One thing Steamboat has been able to do this year is play mentally tough. Hall said no matter the situation in the preseason, the Sailors have been able to remain upbeat throughout.

"I would definitely say our mentality has been our strongest asset," Bull said. "Our mental game has won the games we've played so far. We're not letting ourselves lose. We're bouncing back after every point. We all work really well together. We're able to pick each other up."

Although it's the first game in a long league schedule, Hall said the Sailors have to approach each game with the same intensity. She said Steamboat must limit its mistakes.

"We have to cut error percentages down in all categories - serving, hitting and passing," Hall said. "We have to keep our errors to a minimum. Glenwood's going to make their plays, but we have to make them earn their points. We can't give them a lot of points."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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