Delta volleyball sweeps Steamboat

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2012 Sailors volleyball schedule

— There would be no comebacks this time.

The past two times Steamboat and Delta faced each other in volleyball, Steamboat rallied from two-set deficits for dramatic 3-2 wins. But after Delta jumped out to a 2-0 lead Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School, Panthers hitters Skylin Webb and Callie Gafford made sure they finished the Sailors off in the third set.

Webb had 13 kills and Gafford added seven as the Panthers beat the Sailors, 25-14, 25-20, 25-20.

Delta coach Renee Cronenberg admitted being nervous going into the game.

"I'm always nervous against Steamboat. They are a good team. But we just talked about doing things right and not making mistakes. Let them make the mistakes, and that's what happened down the stretch."

The Panthers improved to 6-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Western Slope League. Steamboat fell to 6-5 and 2-2. The Delta loss was the second straight-set loss for the Sailors in as many nights. Palisade beat Steamboat in straight sets Friday.

"We lacked a little fight in us" Saturday, Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. "I was really encouraged on Friday by how we fought back, even though we lost. Today, we lacked the effort. We have to learn to trust the system and trust each other more."

The Sailors were lead by senior Alex Feeley, who had eight kills. Maggie Crouch had five for the Sailors, and Miki Jegtvig and Gabby Heron each had four. Jegtvig had four blocks.

The Sailors have critical league matches next week, hosting Glenwood Springs on Thursday and Eagle Valley on Friday.

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