Saturday lapses sink Sailors volleyball team
Things were looking fine, good even, midway through the Demon Invitational volleyball tournament in Glenwood Springs.
The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team opened play with a pair of wins Friday and were on track Saturday to win the tournament for the third consecutive year.
A flurry of mistakes against Grand Valley derailed that possibility, however, and a near total breakdown against Pagosa Springs not only leveled the team at a 2-2 weekend, but left coach Wendy Hall frustrated.
“We can’t allow what happened Saturday to happen again,” she said. “We had a little bit of doubt on our faces and allowed that to enter into the way we play.”
That resulted in a 2-0 loss in the match, 25-22 in the first set, when small mistakes carried big consequences late in the set, and 25-8 in the second set, when the team struggled first to receive serves, then to handle that development with composure.
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“Our serve reception broke down, and we let them run up lots of points in just a few rotations,” Hall said. “More than any other set we’ve played so far, that was concerning to me. You just have to keep fighting, regardless of how you’re playing.”
That result came after a pair of well-played matches Friday. Steamboat beat Montezuma-Cortez in two sets, 25-8, 25-21, then Rifle in two, as well, 25-17, 25-12.
Steamboat (3-2) then lost its first match Saturday against Grand Valley, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13.
“We’ve got to remember we have to learn from tough lessons, as well as from the successes,” Hall said. “It’s not worth losing unless you can learn from it. We definitely have to get something out of this weekend.”
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