Despite the benching of their best hitter, who missed an entire week of play while battling an illness, the Lady Bulldogs managed to pull off a 2-3 win Saturday over the visiting Lady Tigers of Hayden.
Hotchkiss pulled off a 27-25 win in game one. Setter Kelli Buhrdorf had a long string of serves, including two aces, to give the Lady Bulldogs an early 9-1 lead in game two.
Errors allowed the Lady Tigers to edge back into the game. Kristina Deloury drove a kill shot just inside the end line, and Mandy Chermak followed with a second kill to put Hotchkiss ahead by three. On game point serve, Deloury made another end line kill shot for the win.
Hayden took an early 5-0 lead in game three and the Lady Bulldogs never recovered. The set ended in a 25-17 loss for Hotchkiss. Hayden kept up the momentum in game four, taking an early 11-4 lead. Hayden put the ball to outside hitter Jordan Temple and middle hitter Kara Cozzens, who fired numerous kill shots on the Bulldogs, resulting in a 25-13 loss.
Hayden took a narrow 9-7 lead in game five, but the Lady Bulldogs got a second wind. Deloury made three kills and Arial Duncan came off the bench to add two more. A block by Katie Richards gave Hotchkiss a 14-10 lead, and they put the game away on an ace.
The win was welcome following the Lady Bulldogs' 3-0 loss at Meeker and a 3-0 loss on Oct. 2 to Paonia. Daryl Batt, one of the team's top players, was sick and missed the entire week of action. She is expected to return this week. Head coach Kendal Roberts brought Mandy Chermak in to cover for Batt, and used Richards' height and blocking ability at the net, particularly against the harder hitting teams.
Hotchkiss is now 5-10 overall with three games remaining before district playoffs. This is Homecoming week at HHS and the Lady Bulldogs host Rangely (9-5, 6-3 WSL) Friday, starting with the JV match at 4 p.m. Their next match will be on Friday, Oct. 19, against Soroco.blog comments powered by Disqus