When Camille Hartman walked across the Montrose High School gym Thursday, surrounded by her teammates and family for senior night, she couldn’t believe this volleyball season is her last.
The MHS volleyball defensive specialist and libero said, though the moment felt bittersweet, the experience was once in a lifetime.
“There’s definitely a lot of emotions involved with it,” Hartman said. “And it’s just crazy that we’ve gotten this far. There’s just so much going on and so much support and love. … It’s sad that we are seniors and we’re going away. But I’m going to remember this forever.”
Hartman, as well as fellow seniors: Victoria Martinez, Lisa Peterson, Madison Schneider and Katie Sherwood, were all honored before Thursday’s Coal Ridge match.
“(Senior night) is awesome. Not only have they committed four years of playing but the years before then preparing for high school,” coach Shane Forrest said, adding her players’ work ethic is unparalleled.
“They put in the early morning hours to put into the time to stay in shape and get stronger and faster. They definitely have shown their commitment to the program.”
The Lady Indians (11-6; 4-2 in SWL) saw their hard work pay off in the form of Thursday’s four-set home win over Coal Ridge: 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15.
Montrose started the game strong, building a lead as large as seven points, at 22-15. But Coal Ridge didn’t give up as it went on a 6-1 run to cut the lead to 23-21.
The Lady Indians, however, got a break on the next point from a Titan service error. The final point of the match came from a Sherwood kill to take the first set.
“We just stayed consistent and managed our errors,” Forrest said of the team’s strong start. “... Errors always seem to haunt us but if we manage that and grind away that’ll help the errors not affect our performance.”
The second set was quite different for Montrose but the end result was the same.
The hosts trailed for most of the set with the visitors’ biggest lead being three, (20-17). The Lady Indians went on a 4-1 run, tying the set following a Madison Satterly block at 21-all.
Montrose took the lead for good on the next point and won the set thanks to a Satterly kill.
Despite a 2-0 set advantage, Coal Ridge kept up a good fight. The road team got up early on Montrose with its largest lead being 12-1.
But the Lady Indians didn’t just give the set away to the Titans; instead, the hosts went on a 13-2 run to tie the match up at 14-all.
Both teams traded points before Montrose got its first third-set lead at 20-19. Although the home team fought back, Coal Ridge was able to keep its hopes alive by winning the third.
The Lady Indians may not have won the set, but Forrest said she was pleased that her team made the moment a competitive one.
“The tenacity that they showed in (the third) set was just to come back, fight and grind away, I was very impressed with that,” Forrest said.
Although they didn’t win the third set, chipping away a double-digit lead gave the Lady Indians confidence going into the fourth, Forrest said.
That could be seen as Montrose led wire-to-wire in the final set, winning by it by 10 points.
“Even though we lost that third set, there wasn’t a letdown,” Forrest said. “They took that confidence of what they did into the fourth and kept rolling and that momentum.”
Sherwood had a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs. Satterly was the only other Montrose player with double-digit kills with 11.
The Lady Indians also got it done on the defensive end — Martinez recorded 20 digs and Schneider finished with 17.
Up next, Montrose battles Grand Junction Central at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road.
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.