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Tigers down West Grand

— It was a tale of two different Hayden volleyball teams Saturday night.

Despite winning in five games, 25-21, 25-15, 17-25, 16-25, 15-6, the Tigers looked like two completely opposite teams in the first four games.

In the first two games against West Grand, the Tigers looked sharp, dominating play both offensively and defensively. In the first game, Hayden jumped out quick and led by as many as eight points.

The second game followed cue, as the Tigers finished the game on a 13-3 run to close out the Mustangs.

Then something happened.

In the next two games, Hayden looked lackadaisical and let the Mustangs get back into the match.

“We just lost our intensity,” sophomore Kylee Sweetser said. “I wouldn’t say we were over-confident but we were thinking about winning overall, not just the next game.”

When the fifth and final game hit, the Tigers reverted back to their earlier form, easily handling the Mustangs, 15-6.

“That was intense,” Sweetser said. “You could just feel the vibe.”

Hayden Coach Stephanie Davis said the match was encouraging because she was able to see how well her team could play.

“The ball didn’t hit the floor without bodies flying everywhere,” she said of the first two games. “Then they just started hitting some of our holes.”

With the win, the Tigers now have two league victories and face a tough Paonia team Friday.

Still, Davis said if her team plays like it did early in Saturday’s match on Friday, she’s confident Paonia will have its hands full.

“I feel like we’re playing better as a team,” she said. “Our passing has really improved.”

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