Volleyball: Skiers take care of Bulldogs in four sets
At least momentarily, the ship has been righted for the Aspen High School volleyball team.
Losers of three of their past four matches entering Tuesday’s home contest with Moffat County, the Skiers confidently walked through the Bulldogs for a 3-1 win inside the AHS gymnasium.
“What they are learning to do is self adjust. They are talking to each other on the court,” Aspen coach Matt Bergdahl said. “They are adjusting between plays well and communicating. It should have probably been a 3-0 match, but we had some breakdowns in the basics.”
The Skiers won the first set 25-16 before miscues led to a 25-22 second set loss. AHS led 8-0 in the third set and could do no wrong before Moffat County fought back, getting as close as 10-7. Aspen turned it on from there and cruised to another 25-16 set win.
“We had a little rough road there in that second game. But the girls bounced back in the third and fourth,” Bergdahl said. “Really, the difference tonight is just our ball control was better. In the second set where we did not do as well, we missed a whole lot of serves. We just gave up points one after another. But we had a little chitchat with the girls between games, and they picked their serving up and our ball control allowed us to have our offense.”
Aspen put Moffat County away in the fourth set, winning 25-14.
The Skiers (4-4 overall) will next play Thursday at Delta before competing Saturday in a five-match tournament in Edwards, hosted by Battle Mountain High School.
“It’s got a good post-season feel to it. We’ll see how the girls answer the bell on that one. I’m excited,” Bergdahl said of Saturday’s tournament. “Overall, I’m pretty proud of them. We are not getting a lot of practice between these matches and they are doing pretty well, all things considered.”
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