Steamboat volleyball wins league opener, 3-1

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— A pair of early-season losses had the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team reeling at 1-2, but a league win at Summit on Saturday put the Sailors back on the winning track.

Steamboat opened league play with a 3-1 victory despite a collection of serving and hitting errors, head coach Wendy Hall said. The Sailors took the first two games before dropping a tight third game, 27-25. Steamboat rebounded with a 25-23 match-clinching win in the fourth.

What was really working for the Sailors, however, was the trio of Taylor Harrington, Maddie Robinson and Mikaila Jegtvig at the net. Jegtvig and Robinson combined for 19 kills, and Harrington controlled most of the Sailors’ blocking.

Through Steamboat’s first three games, Hall said the team hadn’t displayed a steady net presence until Saturday’s win.

“Our net play was really good” Saturday, Hall said. “Summit ran a lot of quick attack in the middle and a lot of tandem. I thought we adjusted to that fairly quickly and got quite a few blocks.”

Behind the trio at the net, libero Alexis Len led the team with 27 digs, and Jenna Miller recorded four serving aces.

Steamboat will embark on its longest road trip of the year next week with a trip to Palisade on Friday. The team will stay the night in Palisade, then travel to Delta on Sept. 21.

“Both teams beat us last year, so it will be a good challenge for us for sure,” Hall said. “Palisade is the defending league champion.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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