Steamboat's Lilly Hoff spikes the ball to Battle Mountain players on Saturday in Edwards.

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Steamboat's Lilly Hoff spikes the ball to Battle Mountain players on Saturday in Edwards.

Sailors volleyball splits pair of games

Steamboat now 7-2 overall, 4-1 in Western Slope

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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 volleyball team split a pair of games Saturday, downing Battle Mountain in the morning before falling to Eagle Valley in the afternoon.

The Sailors beat the Huskies, 26-24, 25-23 and 25-2, before falling to the Devils, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19.

Steamboat is now 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Western Slope League.

Against Battle Mountain, Steamboat started slowly, trailing 18-11 in the first game before going on a 12-5 roll to tie the game at 23.

The Huskies' Jayna Horn was back to serve, and the official ruled that Horn took too long before serving the ball, awarding the Sailors a point for a 25-24 lead. Steamboat won when Battle Mountain hit into the net on the next point.

Steamboat started in a hole again in Game 2 and trailed, 23-21, before reeling off 4 straight points to win the game.

The Sailors were cruising in Game 3 when Devin Wilkinson crushed a quick set by Colleen King, giving Steamboat a 22-13 lead. But the Sailors went into a funk, letting the Huskies' Hannah Ellison and Erin Barker reel off four kills into an empty spot in the back left corner of the Sailors' defense.

After seven straight Huskies points and the lead down to 22-20, Steamboat caught a break - Battle Mountain served long. Jayde Mattox then recorded one of her two aces for the Sailors. Steamboat won when Battle Mountain's Samantha Miletich couldn't convert a kill attempt.

"Bottom line, I don't think we made very good defensive adjustments. And our offensive production wasn't where it needed to be," Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. "I feel good about us hanging tough and not turning on each other. We stayed together and won."

Against Eagle Valley, Devils coach Shawn Weatherred wasn't going to let King beat his team. King, the reigning player of the year in the Western Slope League, managed just two kills as Eagle Valley shadowed her throughout the match.

"We shifted everything over there (to King's side) and even triple-teamed her, which you almost never see in high school volleyball," Weatherred said. "We were going to make somebody else beat us."

Meanwhile, Eagle Valley sophomore star Alex Lassa proved to be more than enough for Eagle Valley. The 6-foot-1-inch Lassa crushed hit after hit and recorded 17 kills and three blocks for the Devils.

Eagle Valley jumped on Steamboat early, cruising to a 25-15 win behind six kills from Lassa and three blocks from Daillen Culver.

Steamboat fared better in Game 2, grabbing a 16-14 lead behind two kills by Wilkinson off quick sets by King. But back-to-back kills by Lassa started an 11-2 run by the Devils to put the Sailors in a 2-0 hole.

Steamboat had a chance again in Game 3, but after tying the game at 13, the Sailors got outscored 12-6 the rest of the way.

Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Delta.

Soroco downs Meeker in 3 games after loss Friday

The Soroco High School volleyball team cruised Saturday in Meeker, winning, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-15.

Coming off a tough four-game loss Friday against Vail Mountain, Soroco played one of its most consistent matches of the year.

"We didn't have many errors," Soroco coach Kim Reeves said. "Even though we had a loss (Friday), they had some confidence they brought from that game."

Reeves said after easily winning the first game and briefly struggling in the second, she implored her team to get back to playing the type of volleyball she knows they can.

"They've always been a coachable group," she said. "They're learning to accept each others' mistakes better. But they played really well. It was definitely another win to boost our confidence some more."

Soroco next plays a 6:30 p.m. Friday at Plateau Valley.

Hayden falls in 3 games against Vail Mountain

The Hayden High School girls volleyball team let two big leads slip away before falling in three games at Vail Mountain on Saturday.

The Tigers took big leads in the first two games before the Gore Rangers came back.

In the third game, Hayden fell behind early and could never recover.

"The first two, we were up kind of big," Hayden coach Greg Johnson said. "We relaxed a little bit and the other team made a comeback. We tensed up and played tight. Then we made mistake after mistake. That's been a pattern this year."

It also didn't help that Hayden setter Sam Huffar went down early with a knee injury. Without Huffar's skill and senior leadership, Hayden struggled.

Still, Johnson said the Tigers are getting better as each game passes. He said he hopes that continues as the Tigers reach the halfway point of their season.

"I'm seeing progress in certain areas," he said. "The biggest thing is finishing off games. We have to have confidence to find a couple girls that want the ball at the end of the game."

Hayden next plays at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Grand.

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