After Tuesday win, Hayden Tigers volleyball team eyes district upsets |

After Tuesday win, Hayden Tigers volleyball team eyes district upsets

Hayden High School Tigers

The Hayden High School volleyball team is playing its best volleyball as it heads into the postseason.

That’s the way coach Dayna Hunter sees her Tigers, and Tuesday afternoon, the team backed her up, winning in the play-in game of the district tournament to advance to this weekend’s full pool play action.

Hayden won at home Tuesday, beating Caprock Academy, 25-16, 25-11, 25-19.

“We’re picking up momentum and really peaking at the right time,” Hunter said. “I’m very pleased with our progress this season, and I’m really looking forward to districts.”

The Tigers, 5-13, started the season slow but have been stronger recently. They rallied on the road Saturday to beat Plateau Valley in five gritty sets, 24-26, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11. Before that, the team took two different teams, Soroco and Vail Christian, to five sets before losing.

“It’s our confidence,” Hunter said of the wins and the competitive matches. “They’ve always had the skill, but they’ve been playing with the confidence and ability to finish and not be afraid of making an error. They’re really coming along.”

They’ll need that confidence this weekend. The District 5 tournament will be in Parachute with Grand Valley serving as host.

The Tigers will play in a division with Vail Christian and Meeker. Both are ranked well ahead of Hayden, but the Tigers did challenge both, taking two sets off Vail and one from Meeker.

“They’re good teams,” Hunter said, “but I’m confident the girls are ready for it.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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