Steamboat volleyball beats Moffat in 3 |

Steamboat volleyball beats Moffat in 3

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Alex Feeley celebrates after scoring a point to win the first game of Thursday night's match against Moffat County High School.

Steamboat Springs — Finally. — Finally.

— Finally.

After months of up-and-down play, where emotions often dictated the product on the court, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team put it all together. Steamboat picked up its first sweep of the season Thursday against Moffat County, downing its U.S. Highway 40 rival, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17.

"It's what we've been waiting for and talking about but hadn't been executing," Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. "It's just very nice to see those kids go out on a really meaningful night."

The win also ensured that Steamboat would qualify for the district tournament, and it eliminated Moffat County and Glenwood Springs. The only question now is where Steamboat will finish in the Western Slope League. Depending on how Delta finishes, Steamboat could be third or fourth.

"It was a really important game," said Steamboat senior Kaitie Breisch, who had 11 kills. "We had to win a couple more games to get into districts."

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From the first serve, Steam­boat was the more energized team. 

The Sailors were overwhelming in the first game. Steamboat was relentless at the net and defensively didn't allow Moffat's tip game — one that had so much success the first time the two teams played — do much of anything. Moffat held one early lead in the first game, before Steamboat ran away with it.

"We were in a must-win situation," Moffat County coach Sandy Camilletti said. "I guess we weren't prepared to follow through. It was the lack of intensity, a lack of confidence and our passing. You can't pass, you can't put the ball down."

The second game was tied at 6 before Steamboat went on a 10-3 run for a 16-9 lead, eventually taking the game. In the third game, Steamboat never trailed.

Now, the two teams prepare for a doubleheader Saturday.

Steamboat (9-8 overall, 5-5 in the league) plays at noon Saturday at Battle Mountain and at 5 p.m. at Eagle Valley. Moffat (6-11, 3-7) plays the same teams at reverse times.

"That's hopefully a sign of good things to come," Hall said about Thursday's win. "You're never sure until it happens, but it sure puts us into a nice place."

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