Steamboat volleyball wins against Vail |

Steamboat volleyball wins against Vail

Chris Freud/The Vail Daily

The Steamboat Sailors defeated the Vail Mountain Gore Rangers, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, in nonconference action in East Vail

— Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall wasn't too thrilled Wednes­day evening.

And that's a little strange given that Hall's Sailors defeated Mike Garvery's Vail Mountain Gore Rangers, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, in nonconference action in East Vail.

Hall was fine with the physical mistakes her Sailors made early. Those happen, and presumably, that's the purpose of these contests as well as practice. The issue was intensity for Steamboat.

"That's stuff we should be able to count on from Day 1," said Hall, whose team won its first match of the season. "I'm a little upset with that tonight. I kind of felt I had to chew them a little bit. Then, they got in there and picked it up. I don't feel like I should have to do that. They should get in there and play with that kind of passion and hustle and grit every night. That's what I'm hoping we learn from tonight. Only time will tell."

Tied at one game each, Steam­­­boat overcame a 15-6 deficit with deft serving from Meghan Rabbitt, Kaitie Breisch and Jenna Peters. Their serves produced free balls, and Steamboat was able to put those on a tee for successful attacks and kills, storming back to a 25-20 win.

Sailors juniors Maggie Stan­ford and Rabbitt were the main beneficiaries of those free balls, very capably set up by Peters.

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"It feels good to get one," Stanford said. "Our emotions were like a rollercoaster. We have to learn how to fight the whole way through and keep our energy up. I think that's what hurt us in the first two games."

Steamboat (1-1) continues to prepare for Western Slope play with a tournament at Bishop Machebeuf on Saturday.