Steamboat Springs volleyball wraps up 2nd in league |

Steamboat Springs volleyball wraps up 2nd in league

Luke Graham

— The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team secured second place in the Western Slope League on Friday in Delta, winning 3-1.

Steamboat, at 15-4 overall, won 25-13, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-15.

Despite the win, Sailors coach Wendy Hall said it’s only a little sigh of relief.

“I have some concerns with the way we’re playing,” she said. “I had some, and I’m sure the girls do. We have some work to do next week.”

Steamboat will have a week of preparation before the district tournament starts Friday or Saturday.

Official brackets and seedings should be available Monday.

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Hall said she has a pretty good idea that Steamboat will be in Montrose for the district tournament. There, Montrose is expected to be the top seed, Mullen the second, Steamboat the third and Palisade the fourth.

Judging by seasonal results, it appears it could be the toughest district in the state. Mullen, despite playing a Class 5A league all year, drops down to 4A for the playoffs.

“It’s really tough,” Hall said. “It’s tough when you get these qualifiers in taking second seeds and taking a first seed away. So it’s a little frustrating how that’s set up. But that’s what we’re stuck with.”

On Friday, Steamboat initially looked like its old self. The Sailors dominated in the first game, before the Panthers came back in the second.

Steamboat won the third and fourth games, but Hall said it wasn’t in the fashion she would have liked to see.

Colleen King led Steamboat with 14 kills and seven blocks. Devin Wilkinson added 11 kills and seven blocks, Lilly Hoff had four kills and Maggie Stanford had six blocks.

“We had a couple shaky games,” Hall said. “We haven’t played a match from start to finish for a couple weeks. So definitely there is concern amongst us, as there should be.”

Steamboat will have the weekend off before returning Monday for a full week of practice. Hall said it would be good to have the full week, especially considering the task ahead for the Sailors.

“It’s getting our confidence back,” she said. “We need to get back in sync with each other again. We’re making mistakes we did in the beginning of the season. We need to fine-tune everything. We need to get back into the gym and work really hard this week.”

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