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Huskies fall to Palisade in 3, feels like more

EDWARDS — Battle Mountain volleyball fell to Palisade in three sets, 26-24, 25-19, 26-24, but it didn’t feel like a regular sweep.

The Huskies (6-5 in the Slope, 12-6 overall) made the visiting Bulldogs sweat for the win.

“I feel like that easily could have been a five-set match,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We were at 26-24 twice with them. Both of (those sets) were both unforced errors on our part. They’re a good program. Wendy (MacAskill)’s a good coach. She’s got them playing really disciplined ball. We just have to play a cleaner game if we want to be successful at this level.”

If this seems to sound repetitive, well, it is. Unforced errors have been the bane of Battle Mountain volleyball’s existence this season.

“It’s just a part of who they are as high school aged players. You hope to keep it at a minimal number or not at a crucial moment. But it is what it is. I’m proud of my girls. They played hard.”

For the Battle Mountain team, it was likely a costly defeat with regard to RPI, or rating-percentage index. The Battle Mountain Huskies started the evening 11th in RPI with the top-12 teams getting to host regionals. The Huskies likely needed to run the table to hold on to chances of hosting.

In the meantime, Battle Mountain would like to play spoiler to Eagle Valley’s clinching party on Thursday down in Gypsum. The Devils can wrap the Slope with a win on Thursday against the Huskies.

“They’re the ones with all the pressure,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re the ones who just have to show up and play.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.