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Sailors pull off win for seniors

— A win Saturday against Rifle helped the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team secure a spot in next weekend’s regional tournament.

“Today was a really important win for us,” head coach Wendy Hall said.

The Sailors went into Saturday’s game ranked No. 28. The regional tournament takes the top 36 teams.

Steamboat won in three straight sets 25-18, 27-25 and 25-16.

Emotions were high as the team’s three seniors played their last game of their regular-season high school volleyball career.

The seniors are Raya Duryea, Sammie Stevenson and Kady Look.

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“I felt like we kind of played a little tight,” Hall said. “Sometimes, the emotion of the senior recognition adds a little heaviness to our kids, and maybe we let that filter into the way we played.”

Hall was referring to a close second set.

“We easily could have dropped that set, but I think the difference there is that doubt maybe enters their brain a little more than ours,” Hall said.

The Sailors were able to relax a bit during the third set and took the win.

“Just super proud of these girls and how they represent themselves, this team, this program and this school,” Hall said. “Those three seniors are really special kids, so I was happy to get a win for them today.”

The Sailors will learn Sunday who their regional opponent will be.

“For sure, we will not be favored,” Hall said. “We’ll be the low seed. Maybe, in a way, that can be an advantage, if we approach it that way. We’ll just go see how we stack up. I think it’s a great experience, especially for our young kids, to have that post-season experience this year.”

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