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Hayden volleyball enjoys winning weekend

Steamboat Pilot & Today

Coming off a 3-0 loss in straight sets to Vail Mountain Sept. 18, the Hayden High School volleyball team regained a bit of its momentum through the weekend, beating Caprock in five sets on the road Friday, then returning home to defeat DeBeque in five sets Saturday.

The back-to-back wins improve the Tigers’ season record to 3-5.

Scores Friday were 21-20, 25-12, 27-25, 22-25 and 15-11.

Coach Dayna Hunter said she was extremely proud of her team’s performance, particularly in terms of its recently found mental toughness.

“I think the main thing that brought us the win was the mental toughness the girls had,” Hunter said. “We’ve really been working on that, and it really showed.”

As to Friday’s match in Caprock, Hunter praised Kyler Bennett’s work in the middle, adding that Bennett’s serves also proved key to securing the road win.

She also noted Brooke Munden, whose outside work was critical during the final sets, and Joey Zeckler, who delivered big blocks in the middle Friday.

All in all, Hunter said, Friday went “pretty well” for the Tigers.

“We had some rough spots, but overall, I’m really proud of the mental toughness the girls showed,” she said. “We’ve struggled with that, but we’ve worked on it all season, and the girls really came through tonight.”

Returning to Hayden Saturday, the Tigers were again on point, defeating visiting DeBeque in five sets: 25-22, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25 and 15-10.

Hunter praised her team for turning in the back-to-back wins.

“They played really, really well,” the coach said. “It was a great weekend.”

The Tigers next travel to North Park on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. match, then, its back to Hayden for Friday’s homecoming game against West Grand, slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

To reach Jim Patterson, call 970-871-4208, email jpatterson@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JimPatterson15

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