Entering the 2017 season, the Calhan volleyball program had just one winning season since its 20-win year in 2011.
And with a slew of near misses, including last year’s 8-12 finish, and 2015’s 11-12 narrow-miss mark, the Bulldogs were due for some success.
And despite an early exit in the Class 2A Region D tournament, Calhan can chalk 2017 up as a success.
Coach Bethany Moss, who has been with the program since 2014, aided the team to its first winning season since 2013 at 16-9, earning her The Gazette Preps 3A-1A Volleyball Coach of the Year honor.
After a shaky, and inconsistent start to the year, Calhan settled in during the second half, winning 10 of the last 12 matches of the regular season, including a five-set victory over 2A District 8 rival Colorado Springs School.
“Really I think what changed is the atmosphere,” Moss said. “We’ve been trying to change our dynamic at Calhan with all sports, really. And the girls bought into what we had and what we were trying to create. We wanted to change the atmosphere from here on out, from our fans, to our team. It was a fun, fun year, all the way around.”
Now that the Bulldogs have found success, they’re not looking back. And despite losing a large core of her varsity players, Moss is confident that her seniors have instilled the right knowledge and mindset into the younger players to continue what they’ve been building.
“Last year I learned a lot working with the kids individually, and seeing where their successes lie,” Moss said. “And even though I’m losing that group, they were such go-getters, and focused on helping the younger players and building them up. They helped me a ton, and there’s nothing more I could have asked for from them.”