Sailors lose matches, gain poise Saturday |

Sailors lose matches, gain poise Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team actually had a better record in a tournament it played last weekend than it earned Saturday with a trip to play four matches at Silver Creek.

Coach Wendy Hall said there was a big difference in the way the team played, however, and that extended beyond the tally of matches won and lost.

The Sailors went 1-3, but Hall said she saw decided signs of improvement.

“I feel much better about our efforts this weekend,” she said. “We’re still making a lot of errors, there’s no doubt about that, but we’ll get that cleaned up with some more practice.”

Steamboat opened the day 0-3. It lost to Sterling 25-22, 25-17; Silver Creek 25-11, 25-20 and Mead 25-15, 25-16. It closed its day with a win against The Classical Academy 25-23, 25-15.

Hall said the Mead match was the team’s low point, but in that one and the others, she was plenty to like. That’s a change from last week. The team went 2-2 in a tournament, but left on a sour note.

Saturday, she said the squad maintained composure and played well against tougher competition.

“We had to deal with a faster pace of play this week and had to play against stronger offenses and we adjusted,” Hall said. “The wins and losses wouldn’t indicate that, but overall it was really successful for us.

“What I really liked was they didn’t look scared. They fought. They fought, and that was fun to watch.”

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

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