Sailors volleyball goes to 3-0

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2009 Steamboat Springs High School Volleyball Schedule

Sept. 4, Won, 25-20, 25-11 vs. West Grand (Glenwood Springs Tournament, 0-0, 1-0)

Sept. 5, Won, 25-17, 25-21, vs. Denver Christian, (Glenwood Springs Tournament, 0-0, 2-0)

Sept. 5, Won, 25-21, 25-23 vs. Grand Junction High School, (Glenwood Springs Tournament 0-0, 3-0)

Sept. 5, Lost, 25-16, 17-25, 17-19 vs. Glenwood Springs, (Glenwood Springs Tournament 0-0, 3-1)

Sept. 17, Won, 25-17, 25-17, 16-25, 22-25, 15-12 at Glenwood Springs (1-0, 4-1)

Sept. 19, Won, 25-9, 25-15, 25-18 vs. Rifle (2-0, 5-1)

Sept. 24, Won, 25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 25-21 at Moffat County (3-0, 6-1)

Sept. 26, Won 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 at Battle Mountain (4-0, 7-1)

Sept. 26, Lost 15-25, 17-25, 19-25 at Eagle Valley (4-1, 7-2)

Oct. 2, Won 25-17, 25-13, 25-12 vs. Delta (5-1, 8-2)

Oct. 3, Won 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 vs. Palisade (6-1, 9-2)

Oct. 6, Won 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 at Rifle (7-1, 10-2)

Oct. 8 Won 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 15-11 vs. Glenwood Springs (8-1, 11-2)

Oct. 10 Won 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 at Summit (8-1, 12-2)

Oct 15 Won 25-16, 25-14, 25-13 vs. Moffat County (9-1, 13-2)

Oct. 17 Won 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 27-25 vs. Battle Mountain (14-2, 10-1)

Oct. 17 Lost 21-25, 20-25, 21-25 vs. Eagle Valley (14-3, 10-2)

Oct. 22 Lost 20-25, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25 at Palisade (14-4, 10-3)

Oct. 23 Won 25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15 at Delta (15-4, 11-3)

Oct. 31 at Montrose for District 8 Tournament. Teams: 1. Montrose; 2. Mullen; 3. Steamboat Springs; 4. Palisade; 5. Montezuma-Cortez; 6. Pueblo East.

— The Steamboat Springs High School girls volleyball team remained undefeated in the Demon Invitational with a win over Denver Christian on Saturday morning.

The Sailors swept past the Crusaders, 25-17, 25-21, despite playing without senior Colleen King. King, who has committed to play volleyball at Denver University next year, is battling mononucleosis, and Coach Wendy Hall kept her out of the match.

The Sailors were fine without King. With junior Jenna Peters setting and several key hits by senior Jayde Mattox, Steamboat cruised to an early lead in the first game and was never really challenged on the way to a 25-17 win.

Mattox stayed hot in the second game, scoring multiple hits to pace the Sailors to leads of 6-0 and 17-7.

But the Crusaders stormed back, closing the gap to 18-15. A big block by Devin Wilkinson and Lindsey Yost got the Sailors a side out, and Wilkinson then crushed a short set by Peters to push the Sailors' lead to 20-15.

Down the stretch, Yost had a big hit to push the Sailors' lead to 22-18. Denver Christian went on a short rally and closed to within three at 24-21, but Steamboat senior Kelsey Butler finished off the Crusaders with a hit that grazed the net and dropped in for the winning point.

Steamboat tops Grand Junction

The Sailors moved to 3-0 on the season and won their tournament pool Saturday afternoon by topping Grand Junction High School in straight sets.

The Sailors beat the Tigers 25-21, 25-23 behind strong hitting from Mattox and Lilly Hoff and a dominant blocking effort from Wilkinson. King played the first game, but sat out the second.

The first game was close, but Steamboat never trailed despite heavy pressure from Grand Junction hitters Jamie Derrieux and Jordan Doughty. Time and again Steamboat's back row of Peters, Butler, Matthia Duryea and Emily Rabbitt made clean passes off of hits by Grand Junction.

The Tigers built a four-point lead in the second game, but down 13-9, the Sailors went on an 11-4 run and won the game 25-23 on a block by Wilkinson. Grand Junction struggled with repeated service errors, while Steamboat made almost none. Hall noted that serving was a pleasant surprise throughout the tournament for her team.

The win put Steamboat into the championship match of the tournament against host Glenwood Springs.

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