Sports Briefs: Tigers volleyball spikers win in 5 |

Sports Briefs: Tigers volleyball spikers win in 5

Luke Graham

The Hayden High School volleyball team hit a critical stretch at the end of the second game against Baggs, Wyo., on Saturday.

Having already lost the first two, Hayden looked right down the barrel of getting swept.

“They were just sluggish,” Hayden coach Greg Johnson said. “I told them it was up to them to get their effort up – to try. They just needed to step up their game. They needed to play with more passion and match the other team’s intensity.”

Point taken.

Hayden rallied to win in five games, 11-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23 and 15-13.

Things looked bleak for the Tigers early with regular setter Sam Huffar out of the game. But junior Delanie VeDepo stepped in and ran the offense to perfection.

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She helped set up Rachael and Erin Koehler around the net, as the sisters finished with 20 and seven kills, respectively.

Rachael Koehler also added nine blocks.

“She had an awesome game” Saturday, Johnson said. “She’s hitting great.”

Also pivotal to the Hayden attack was Brittany Turner’s 14 digs from the back, helping spearhead the offensive attack.

Johnson said Saturday’s win was the type that could help Hayden get on a roll. He said if the Tigers can play with the effort they did the last three games, they should be a nuisance to other teams come district play.

Hayden now prepares for a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday at rival Soroco.

“That’s a big one,” Johnson said. “Soroco is a better team than they were last year. They’ve played some good teams really well. It’ll be good for us. It’s a huge rivalry game for us. They’ll be up for that one. They better be.”

Steamboat softball team drops 3 games Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School softball team lost three times Saturday at the Misty Young Tournament in Rifle.

Steamboat fell 23-3 to Rifle’s junior varsity, 21-1 to Grand Valley and 26-4 to Palisade’s junior varsity.

Against Rifle, Steamboat again was plagued with walks. Despite allowing only seven hits, 14 walks did the Sailors in.

In the second game, Steamboat pitchers walked 13, and the team had nine errors. In the final game, the team was able to scratch out three hits – singles by Tyra Monger, Shantel Payne and Alyssa Kreiling – but Steamboat was plagued this time with 16 errors.

The tournament concludes the season for Steamboat.