Steamboat closes regular season with pair of league wins |

Steamboat closes regular season with pair of league wins

Dave Shively

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team closed out a successful regular season with pair of Western Slope League wins Friday at Palisade and again Saturday at Delta.

The wins put the Sailors at 15-4 overall and 11-3 in league – good enough for a third-place league finish heading into the district tournament Saturday in Montrose.

Battle Mountain won the league followed by Moffat County in second.

Steamboat coach Wendy Hall was pleased to emerge with wins from what turned into a long road trip with Saturday’s snowstorm, especially considering that Steamboat dropped both of these away games last season.

Steamboat jumped ahead in the first two games at Palisade, winning 25-20 and 25-21.

Palisade finally began distributing the ball to outside hitter Bernadette Pitre in the third game and fought back for a win, 19-25.

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But it was the Sailors that showed their most determination in game four. Down 12-3, Steamboat rallied back to win the game, 25-22, and the match.

“We picked up on our defense and made some big plays on the outside,” Hall said. “It was one of our best hitting performances of the year.”

Heidi Lord led all hitters with a season-high 17 kills, Katy Gary added 16 and Lisa Floyd chipped in 11.

Steamboat carried the momentum straight into Delta on Saturday, where it won in three games, 25-20, 25-19, 25-16.

“It was great that we won the second (game) and stepped up our game in the third,” Hall said. “Unlike on Friday, we really stayed focused.”

Although the win will provide Steamboat with a boost of confidence heading into the postseason and a quality seed in the district tournament, in which only the top two of six teams advance, Hall still thinks her team has much to prove.

Our record “was a great accomplishment, but on Monday, we’re 0-0 again,” Hall said. “We’re starting fresh.”

So far, the district tournament will have league rival Moffat County as well as Montrose and Regis, two teams that play in Class 5A leagues in the regular season, seeded above Steamboat. The Colorado High School Activities Association will release its full state seedings later today to complete the district tournament fields statewide.

“We’re on equal playing ground again,” Hall said, confident in Steamboat’s ability. “The outlook is good and promising. It’s not going to be easy, but I still feel good.”

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