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Steamboat out, not down after regional volleyball

— The season ended Friday for the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team, but the Sailors came away from their stint at the Class 4A regional tournament with a unique claim.

They ended their season with a win.

Steamboat, the No. 30 seed in the state, lost to No. 7 Holy Family in three sets, 25-20, 25-7, 25-17.

The Sailors then turned around, playing back-to-back matches, to beat No. 18 Pueblo Centennial in five, 26-24, 18-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-12.

“It’s super valuable for our younger kids to have that experience today, and I’m hoping that makes them that much better next year,” said coach Wendy Hall, who came away enthused about the experience.

Steamboat was a long shot to advance to the state tournament. It would have taken either a win against Holy Family or, at the very least and with some serious help, a very strong showing.

The Sailors didn’t get that, though Hall said she was happy with the team’s play in the first and third sets of that match.

She said the second match against Pueblo Centennial, meanwhile, allowed the team to leave with its pride intact. After winning the first set, the Sailors lost the next two. They managed to win the fourth, however, their seventh consecutive set of the day.

“Our backs were against the wall, and it would have been awfully easy for those kids to give in,” Hall said. “They didn’t. We bounced back.”

They then broke away in the fifth set of the match, winning four of the final five points to secure the match victory.

“We had some really great plays to close that deal out,” Hall said. “That was pretty exciting, to get a win and get it against the 18th-ranked team, ranked quite a bit higher than us. I was super proud of their heart today.”

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


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