KINGMAN - After Tuesday's lackluster win over Phoenix Goldwater, Kingman High volleyball coach Kasie Juelfs was concerned about the Bulldogs carrying their lackadaisical effort into Wednesday's match in Anthem against Boulder Creek. She had every reason to be concerned.
Boulder Creek (6-6, 5-2) easily dispatched the Bulldogs 25-9, 25-11, 25-20 in a Northwest Region win. KHS (8-6, 3-4) was never able to get into the match against the Jaguars.
"I forgot to bring my team," Juelfs said. "BC was ready for this dog fight, and we forgot to show up."
The Bulldogs took three of four games from Boulder Creek on Sept. 30 in Kingman, and Wednesday's match seemed winnable for KHS. "Even the BC coach was surprised," Juelfs said. "Happy, but surprised."
KHS experienced 57 hitting errors over the course of the match and, combined with 12 setting errors, never had the opportunity to get its offense going. The Bulldogs had a total of 13 kills with 14 hitting errors. Lindsey Reed led KHS with nine of the 13 kills.
"We couldn't pass the ball to the setter," Juelfs said. She said the Bulldogs' setters were continually called for lifts and double hits to compound the mistakes. "We never really got a chance to hit because the ball never made it there," Juelfs said.
KHS plays its last home match of the season at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Surprise Willow Canyon (9-3, 4-3) on senior appreciation night. "We really need the support," Juelfs said.
Only three matches are left in the season and each one looms large as the Bulldogs jockey for a spot in the state playoffs and the best possible seed. The Wildcats squeaked by KHS earlier in the season 3-0, but each set was only won by two points.
Juelfs said the Bulldogs have tried to put the Boulder Creek match behind them and have studied game film on Willow Canyon in preparation.
"I hope we can pull ourselves together for Willow Canyon on Tuesday," Juelfs said.