Hayden volleyball falls in home opener

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— The Hayden High School volleyball team got the start it wanted Thursday as it played its first home match of the season. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that’s about all they had going for them in a four-game loss to Wyoming’s Little Snake River High School. Hayden fell to 0-4 on the season, losing to the Rattlers, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14.

“It was frustrating, but they played hard, they tried hard and I was proud of them,” Tigers coach Christene Planasky said.

That frustration came from the way it played out. Hayden was at its best early, then it slowly lost ground as the match went on until the final two games, when it wasn’t competitive.

“That first game, we were really pumped and ready to go, excited about being at home and having a crowd,” she said. “As the games went on, that just dwindled a little bit. It was hard to get it back.”

Hayden doesn’t have any time to try to turn things around because the team is back to action Friday and again Saturday. The Tigers travel to play at West Grand in Kremmling on Friday and then play host to North Park in Hayden at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“For the girls, it’s just more practice for us,” she said. “It’s more opportunity to work together and to improve on fighting through mistakes. That’s what we’re looking for in Kremmling and in Saturday’s game.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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