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Hayden volleyball team stumbles at home

Hayden — It may not have been the finest night for the Hayden High School volleyball team, but despite a loss Friday the team is confident it’s off to a good start to the season and can become a force in the league by season's end.

The Tigers lost at home to Vail Mountain on Friday, 25-14, 25-13, 25-13.

The team dropped to 2-5 with the loss.

Friday, some of the elemental pieces were missing for the Tigers. They struggled serving and generating offense.

They were close at times, down 10-7 in the third, for instance, but couldn't hang through the middle part of the sets.

"That one hurt a little bit," senior Kyra Bennett said. "It was a hard one to lose, but we did play together as a team. It didn't feel like we were losing when we were out there."

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They've been better earlier this season, especially earlier this month in a trip to a tournament at Rangely. The squad went 2-2 there, losing to Moffat County, 2-1, and Telluride, 2-0, but picking up wins against cross-county rival Soroco, 2-1, 26-24, 20-25, 15-13, and Hotchkiss, also 2-1, 25-20, 8-25, 15-10.

Hayden wasn't as sharp a week later in a 3-0 loss to Hotchkiss. It also lost against Paonia last week, 3-0.

"Our defense is really, really good this year," Bennett said. "We have new coaches this year, too and they are absolutely amazing."

The team started the season with DeAnne Blackwell in the first chair, but as of Friday Lexi Cyphers had taken over.

"They're so positive and the positivity shines through anything else," Bennett said.

The team is bigger than it's been in recent years, as well. There are 30 girls on the roster, plenty of freshman but a few new upperclassmen as well.

"The girls worked really hard and each step of the way the girls are working harder and meshing better together," Cyphers said. "We really need to work on our serve receive and how we can calm down those nerves when we're back to serve, but the girls' defense is on and is getting even better."

The Tigers now take most of next week off before playing Friday again at home against Caprock Academy.

They're planning big things for that match, and the rest to come.

"With positivity the coaches are giving us, we're going to be unstoppable eventually and once we get that rhythm, it's going to be amazing," Bennett said. "It's going to be worth watching."

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