Steamboat, Moffat County volleyball teams to square off

Sailors set to take on rival Bulldogs

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What: Steamboat vs. Moffat County volleyball

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Springs High School

Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors

Campers get in free

Any volleyball player who attended the Little Sailors Volleyball Camp in spring is invited to attend today’s game. Those who attend are asked to wear the shirts they received at the camp. This will allow the young players to get in free, sit behind the bench and enter the locker room after the varsity game.

— These are the types of games that make 45-mile rivalries fun.

Should the Steamboat Springs High School girls volleyball team win against Moffat County at 6:30 p.m. today in Steamboat, the Sailors could accomplish two things. It would greatly improve the Sailors’ chances at the district tournament while pretty much eliminating the Bulldogs from postseason contention.

Steamboat (8-8 overall, 4-5 in the Western Slope League) sits in sole possession of fourth place in the league.

The team is half a game ahead of Glenwood Springs and a full game ahead of Moffat.

Although Steamboat’s playoff fate won’t totally unfold until the team plays at Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain on Saturday, today’s game will go a long way in starting to unscramble that.

“Nothing is guaranteed, but we need to win,” Steamboat senior setter Jenna Peters said. “We need these games.”

Steamboat took five games to beat Moffat (6-10, 3-6) earlier in the year.

That match, however, took place when Steamboat was struggling to balance its emotions. Although that still can serve as a problem on some nights, the Sailors have been markedly better the past month.

Including the first contest with Moffat, Steamboat has won four of its past six games, going to the fifth game only twice.

Moffat’s use of the tip game at the net helped the Bulldogs keep the last contest close. Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said Moffat is a good defensive team that keeps the ball in play and has long rallies.

She said Steamboat has to play better defensively and find a way to balance its emotions on what could be an emotional night.

“There are going to be distractions” today, Hall said. “It’s going to be senior night, so it’s going to be emotional for everybody, including me. There are distractions. At this point in the season, though, we should be able to keep our focus on the floor. We should screen everybody else out and do our jobs.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com 

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