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Steamboat volleyball spikers fall in 4

Luke Graham

The good news is the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team still controls its own destiny.

So even with a 25-20, 25-16, 23-25 and 25-22 loss at Palisade on Thursday, Steamboat still has the opportunity to finish in second place in the Western Slope League with a win today at Delta. The two teams play at 5:30 p.m.

The Sailors hold the tiebreaker against the Bulldogs because they swept Palisade in three games earlier this season.

“Palisade just outplayed us, and it’s that darn simple,” Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. “They just played better than us” Thursday.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead and looked like they’d make the tiebreaker even more interesting by jumping out to a 21-17 lead in the third game.

But Steamboat battled and picked up a win in game three.

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“That third game was very, very critical,” Hall said.

Colleen King led the Sailors with 12 kills. Jayde Mattox added eight kills, and Devin Wilkinson had six blocks.

Steamboat, now 14-4 overall and 10-3 in league play, could face a tough Delta team. Hall said that the Panthers have been improving and that a win today is not guaranteed.

Despite Steamboat’s winning in three games against Delta earlier this season, Hall said the Sailors must play better than they did Thursday.

“We have our work cut out for us” today, Hall said. “We saw signs of it (Thursday). They were too good of a team to come back on. Palisade played tough, but I think we’ll bounce back.”