Sailors volleyball dispatches Bears in 3 games Saturday

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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.

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Volleyball highlights

Watch Colleen King's big hit from Saturday's game against Rifle.

Watch Colleen King's big hit from Saturday's game against Rifle.

— For the second straight match, the Steamboat Springs girls volleyball team found itself up, 2-0, and cruising after taking the first two games from Rifle in Saturday's home match.

When confronted with the same situation Thursday at Glenwood Springs, the Sailors temporarily buckled, letting the Demons push them to five games.

On Saturday, there was no such quivering.

Steamboat slammed the door and cruised to a 2-0 league record and 5-1 mark on the season.

Steamboat won, 25-9, 25-15, 25-18.

"We were focused and ready to play," coach Wendy Hall said. "We were doing things well right off the bat, and that carried us through."

The Sailors were at their best in the opening game.

Steamboat's Jayde Mattox strung together a big run in the middle of the game to give her team a huge advantage. The Sailors led, 9-6, when she started serving and were in command, 18-6, when she finished.

The Bears only scored three more points, and Steamboat was on its way to the three-game victory.

Things were closer in the second and third games, but a strong performance by senior Colleen King helped keep Steamboat in front.

She finished the night with a team-best 17 kills and had seven of them in the second game.

She knocked home six in the third game.

"She's no doubt a special player, but also the ultimate teammate," Hall said. "She's always the first to take credit for a mistake and never anything but positive."

Hall also was quick to acknowledge the players who put King in position for those gaudy statistics.

Setter Jenna Peters finished with 16 assists, and Kelsey Butler, Mattox and Tia Duryea played well receiving Rifle's serves and converting them into settable balls.

Steamboat had 14 serve receive errors against Glenwood Springs and just five Saturday.

"That's a huge improvement," Hall said. "Those aren't spotlight positions, but it's the most important part of your offense. I'm proud of the effort they gave in taking that on and handling it."

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