In a class of their own

Steamboat Springs, led by a group of underclassmen, is off to an 11-0 start

— Who would blame the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team if they were a little tight at the start of Tuesday night's game against Moffat County?

In front of a gym packed with fans, the Sailors warmed up to the comforting sounds of Quiet Riot that were pumped in over the gym's sound system.

Things, however, were about to get a lot more tense for the Sailors as the Moffat County Bulldogs, 0-4 in league play, jumped out to a 6-1 lead in Steamboat's homecoming week contest.

Moffat County's Amber Sanchez and Ashliegh Gregg led the early charge. Sanchez finished with six kills and Gregg had four.

"Our team played super in the first game," Moffat County coach Vicki Hadden said. "There was some awesome volleyball played on both sides of the court."

But the coach said her team couldn't keep up the intensity in the match as the Sailors finally settled into a rhythm.

"We were pretty nervous at the start of the game," Steamboat's Allison Griffing said. "But then we started to get in our comfort zone and things went our way."

The Sailors outscored the Bulldogs 14-4 down the stretch to win the game and take control of the match.

The biggest point of the game was a monster kill that seemed to bring Steamboat to life.

"Sometimes all you need is that one big exciting play," Sailors coach Wendy Hall said.

"Tonight, Allison really came through for us with some big points."

Griffing had seven kills in the match. Katie Carter, who finished with nine kills, led the Sailors while Abby Fritz collected a pair.

"I feel pretty good about the way we played tonight," Griffing said after the match. "We all played so great."

The Sailors, who are now 5-0 in league play and 11-0 overall, will not have a lot of time to celebrate the win over Moffat County.

Red-hot Glenwood Springs will be in town Saturday looking to hand Steamboat its first loss of the season.

Those matches will begin at 11 a.m. with the freshmen.

The junior varsity will follow at 12:15 p.m. and the varsity team will take the court at 1:30 p.m.

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