Volleyball team faces tough opener | SteamboatToday.com

Volleyball team faces tough opener

— Steamboat Springs volleyball coach Wendy Hall is used to seeing competitive matches with Middle Park that go down to the wire in five games.

Despite opening the season Tuesday night with a tough loss to Middle Park in three games, 25-25, 25-15, 25-14, Hall doesn’t see the result as cause for alarm.

“It’s not like we were that outmatched,” Hall said. “We just had some first-game jitters we couldn’t shake.”

Although Hall admitted that the Middle Park squad looked polished, she thought the team’s main advantage was having six matches under its belt as opposed to Hall’s squad, which started its season a week later than usual.

The other challenge the Sailors faced was covering Middle Park’s powerful setter, 5-foot-8 Kelsi Meyers, a senior already signed with the University of San Diego. Hall thought her team adjusted well to cover her, and by the third game, the players were “making great hustle plays, showing some fight and staying positive.”

Hall hoped to get her players mentally prepared today in practice and to fine-tune some of the problem areas, such as jumping early on blocks and returning uncertainty, before the team’s first league game, which is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood Springs.

– To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253 or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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