Steamboat senior Addie Sulentich knocks the ball over the net Thursday at Moffat County High School. After a strong week of practice, coach Wendy Hall said the Sailors gave it their all in winning three straight sets against the rival Bulldogs.

Joshua Gordon

Steamboat senior Addie Sulentich knocks the ball over the net Thursday at Moffat County High School. After a strong week of practice, coach Wendy Hall said the Sailors gave it their all in winning three straight sets against the rival Bulldogs.

Steamboat volleyball downs rival Moffat County in 3

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— After a rough couple of days last week, Wendy Hall was happy to see her team’s hard work pay off Thursday at Moffat County High School.

Hall, the Steamboat Springs High School varsity volleyball coach, said her players’ work ethic was slacking last week.

But the Sailors didn’t let down against the Moffat County varsity squad, winning in straight sets Thursday.

“We got in the gym and picked up our work ethic, and the girls played really well” Thursday, Hall said. “Once we got in the gym practicing again after a rough couple of days, we really started to get things going.”

Steamboat jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the first set, but the Bulldogs brought it back within two at 16-14 before the Sailors won, 25-15.

In the second set, Moffat County had a 12-9 lead, but Steamboat scored nine straight points to take a 22-13 lead, and senior Callie Hvambsal killed it for the 25-17 victory.

Bulldogs head coach Sandy Camilletti said that bits and pieces of her team’s game was good but that the girls couldn’t get it all together at one time.

“We were blocking a little better than games past and swinging aggressively, but some didn’t fall,” she said. “We passed good, but there is always work to do, and we just couldn’t throw it all together at once.”

The Sailors (11-9 overall, 6-4 Western Slope League) didn’t wait long before taking control of the third set, jumping out to an early 8-4 lead.

Serving errors by the Bulldogs allowed the Sailors to expand on their lead in an eventual 25-15 win.

Hall said all sets were close until the middle when her team was able to pull away.

“We had a couple of big defensive plays and got a little momentum that we rode through until the end,” she said. “We made some adjustments on blocking, and our serve-receive was just incredible.”

Junior Makayla Camilletti led the Bulldogs (4-12 overall, 1-9 league) with seven kills, and senior Jordan Field had six kills.

Camilletti said her girls had some good performances but couldn’t finish the sets.

“Makayla had a season high in kills and played really good and passed well,” she said. “I’m not sure what kept happening in the middle of each set, but I think it was a little lack of confidence there.”

Senior Maggie Stanford had eight kills and four blocks for the Sailors.

Senior libero Kailee Duryea was the rock for the Sailors, Hall said.

Duryea went 19-for-19 on serves with three aces and 22 digs.

Steamboat next plays a doubleheader at home Saturday with Battle Mountain at noon and Eagle Valley at 5 p.m.

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