Steamboat volleyball snaps streak, knocks out Rifle |

Steamboat volleyball snaps streak, knocks out Rifle

A sense of relief swept over the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team Saturday.

After a 0-3 start to the league season and in the midst of a nine-match losing streak, the Sailors won, holding serve on their home court to knock off Rifle in three sets, 25-7, 25-9, 25-19.

"It felt good to win, for sure," coach Wendy Hall said. "Hopefully we can use this as a turning point to get us back on more of a track I think these kids should be."

Saturday's match offered the team a prime opportunity after it opened that league slate with some of the toughest teams in the Western Slope. Rifle entered 4-9 and Hall said the Bears didn't play nearly as clean as, for instance, Palisade had Friday in a three-set loss for Steamboat.

Still, she said the Sailors were better themselves, and that helped snap the streak.

"We managed to trim our errors down a little," she said. "We still probably had a few too many hitting errors, but overall our game was cleaner."

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Micah Feeley racked up 13 kills for Steamboat. Anna Allsberry had nine and Maddie Heydon seven.

Next up for Steamboat is a trip Thursday to play Summit.

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

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