Hayden senior Morgan Bell knocks the ball clear of Plateau Valley’s block Saturday as the Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season with a three-game sweep.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Hayden senior Morgan Bell knocks the ball clear of Plateau Valley’s block Saturday as the Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season with a three-game sweep.

Hayden volleyball downs Plateau Valley in 3

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— There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to the Hayden High School girls volleyball team.

The Tigers were involved in their third three-game sweep in as many matches Saturday afternoon, and they proved to be on the positive side for the second time in that span. Playing at home, Hayden dispatched Plateau Valley in three games, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-19, improving to 2-1.

“I’m happy we won, and we played better,” coach Greg Johnson said. “They were scrappy and played good defense, so it feels good to get the win.”

Hayden fared much better than it did in a three-game loss Thursday night against Wyoming’s Little Snake River Valley.

There, the team was spotty on defense and inconsistent hitting the ball. Saturday, it found powerful points during the competition from juniors Erin Koehler and Aubree Haskins. Each finished with five kills to lead the team.

“We were blocking well today at the net, and our setters did a really good job distributing to all our hitters,” Johnson said.

Koehler picked up seven blocks and helped lead the way for a much-improved defensive effort.

The Tigers responded efficiently to Cowboy attacks, soaking up many of the team’s best shots.

Much of that came as the afternoon wore on. Plateau Valley actually jumped to a lead in the first game and held an advantage until Hayden finally evened the score at 20. The Tigers then closed the game out and never looked back. Neither of the final two games proved particularly close.

“We were quicker on defense, and we talked better,” senior Delanie VeDepo said. “We were definitely a lot happier. We also really enjoy the tough matches. We love to compete against really hard opponents, but this was fun.”

Even in victory, the team found plenty of things to work on. The squad better hurry: It’s next action comes Tuesday with a trip to Moffat County.

“We still have things to work on,” VeDepo said. “We need to keep talking. That is huge. We have a lot of talent and a lot of athleticism. We just need to keep working on fine-tuning it.”

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