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Sailors win, but slip in league

Craig upsets Battle Mountain, moves ahead of Steamboat

— The Steamboat Springs Sailors won Friday night’s match against Eagle Valley but still lost ground in the league standings.

“We are finally getting to the point where we can act calm and collected and get the job done,” Steamboat senior Katy Gary said after the match. “I think we are really coming together as a team.”

It took Steamboat only three games to get the job done against Western Slope rival Eagle Valley. The Sailors cruised past the Devils, 25-15, 25-11 and 25-13, improving the team’s record to 10-3 this season. But 45 minutes down the road in Craig, the Moffat County Bulldogs upset the Battle Mountain Huskies to move ahead of the Sailors in the Western Slope standings.

“It’s a little disappointing,” Sailors coach Wendy Hall said after hearing the news that Moffat County had upset Battle Mountain. “But that match was out of our control, and there was nothing we can do about it.”

Hall said that despite slipping in the standings, Friday’s victory was the emotional boost she was hoping for in a contest she said could have caught the Sailors off-guard.

“We have some players who are sick, we were coming off on an emotional game against Battle Mountain, and Eagle Valley has been playing well lately,” Hall said. “This match had all the ingredients for a letdown.”

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But the Sailors didn’t let down.

Behind the efforts of Heidi Lord, Colleen King and Gary, Steamboat dominated the net for most of the match. Lord finished with nine kills and three blocked shots. Gary had five kills and three blocks.

King led the team in blocks with four and had 20 assists for the night. Maggie Kriz also contributed with three blocks, and Lisa Floyd finished with two.

On the other side of the floor, Eagle Valley struggled to find a spark and never really threatened in the match despite five kills from Angela Phillips and five from Ryanne Wilson.

“I thought we were making progress, but tonight was a setback,” Devils coach Rob Crawford said.” We need to go home and start over.”

The coach said the Sailors block got to his players early and took the Devils out of the match.

“Steamboat put up a good block, and we felt like we needed to hit especially well,” Crawford said. “We tried to be too perfect, and when we try to be too perfect, we make mistakes.”

Despite the win, the Sailors lost ground in the league. Moffat County upset Battle Mountain, 25-19, 25-17, 19-25 and 25-14, to take sole possession of second place in the league with an 11-2 record. Steamboat dropped to third with a 10-3 record. Both teams have four games remaining this season. The loss drops Eagle Valley to 3-7 in league play.

“It’s frustrating because I know we have the capability to do it” Eagle Valley senior Ashley Rohweder said. “In the third game, we got some momentum, but it was too late to do anything with it.”

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