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Hayden volleyball spikes Rifle in 3

— The Hayden High School girls volleyball team had little trouble Tuesday as it opened its season with a sweep of Rifle, beating down the Bears in three games.

Hayden won 25-20, 25-11 and 25-23.

"Overall, the girls dominated," coach Holli Palmer said. "I'm really proud of them for their first game."

The Tigers returned a pair of all-district players to this season's team, and six seniors. That helped the squad Tuesday, but it also got a big spark from a player donning the Hayden orange and black for the first time.

Freshman Jordan Temple helped lead the team, notching nine kills, eight aces and five digs.

"She's just a natural competitor," Palmer said. "She's one of those girls who will push her teammates, even as a freshman. Both she and her sister (Jacie Temple) are really competitive and it brings a lot to the team."

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Jacie Temple, a senior serving as the team's setter, finished with 12 assists. Senior Erin Koehler had eight kills and five blocks, and senior Brette Frentress had four kills and six digs.

"We ran a really fast offense, and I was really impressed," Palmer said. "That was just our first game, and I hope we keep improving."

The Tigers return to action at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Meeker. They have Saturday off.

"This is just the beginning," Palmer said. "We're pretty excited."

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