Steamboat volleyball falls in 4 sets to Palisade

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Steamboat volleyball vs. Palisade

— At this point in the year, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

Coupling Friday’s loss to Delta with a four-set loss to Palisade on Saturday, Steamboat is facing an uphill battle in the early part of the Western Slope League schedule.

“I’m a little tired of losing at this point,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “But I enjoyed coaching them (Saturday). I got to talk tactics and make adjustments on defense. I got to talk about things that make us better. I didn’t have to coach effort” Saturday.

Palisade won, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14, but Hall said the match “was night-and-day different” from how Steamboat played against Delta.

In the first game, Steamboat trailed, 14-1, before coming back.

The Sailors won the second game and battled in the third before their offense left them in the third game.

“At some point, we have to get tired of losing,” Hall said. “We have to get hungry for wins.”

Kailee Duryea led the way for the Sailors. The junior libero was 18 of 18 on serves, including three aces. She was also 36 of 36 passing with 17 perfect passes.

“In a lot of ways, she kept us in the match,” Hall said.

Kaitie Breisch had nine kills and three blocks. Addie Sulentich added eight kills and Maggie Stanford had seven.

Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Glenwood Springs.

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