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Hayden volleyball drops 2nd in a row at home

Ben Ingersoll

— The Tigers did just about everything they could Friday night to claw out a victory against conference foe Meeker, but Hayden High School volleyball eventually fell, 3-1.

It was the second night in a row head coach Christene Planansky's squad was dashed by an opponent in its own gym after Little Snake River, of Baggs, Wyo., took home a 3-0 win Thursday night.

Friday's contest was promising and a testament to how Hayden's young season has played out thus far, Planansky said. After squeaking out a 29-27 win in the first game, the Tigers fought roller-coaster losses through the next three.

"We kind of went up and down, up and down with our intensity and let down a little bit, fought back, let down and fought back," Planansky said. "In the first and in the fourth one, that's how we played. In the second and third, we just let our guard down a little too much."

After the opening-game win, Hayden picked up where it left off, leading for the majority of the second game. But Meeker, which started out 0-3 on the season, stole the lead at 20-19 and never let up.

The third game was all Meeker. After a wink of a lead for the Tigers, the Cowboys stole the lead early and cruised to a 25-21 win.

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But true to Hayden's form, Planansky said, the Tigers went back and forth with Meeker in what would be the match's final game. The fourth game saw five lead changes and 12 ties, but down the stretch, Meeker proved to be too much, walking away with the 25-20 win.

This week marked the start of the season and the start of classes for the Tigers. Despite posting a 1-2 mark throughout the course of four days, Planansky remained optimistic about her team's capability.

"I think if we could play with the confidence and the know-how, we're unstoppable. We are," Planansky said. "I have a great set of girls who are fast, strong and smart on the court. That's what we pride ourselves on, so we're able to use our brain over our brawn. That's what we need to remember when we get on the court."

One girl who shined Friday was junior Jordan Temple. Since her freshman year, Temple has been trying to lead a Hayden team through a competitive 2A/1A Western Slope conference.

"She is one of my phenomenal players," Planansky said. "She has power, she has brains, she has leadership. She knows what she's doing on the court. … I know I can count on her when I need her, and thank goodness."

The Tigers will play their fourth game in five days Saturday, hitting the road to take on Vail Mountain in another conference matchup.

"I think this weekend, after Vail, will be a nice rest for them," Planansky said. "Next week is more sporadic. Hopefully (Saturday), we'll pick up and get some good rest."

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