Huskies down Devils in three games | VailDaily.com

Huskies down Devils in three games

Ian Cropp

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyBattle Mountain's Allie O'Connor catches a spike Tuesday against Eagle Valley. The Huskies won, 25-13, 25-19, 25-11.

EAGLE-VAIL – Two rivals in one gym make for an intense evening.Intensity alone, however, won’t win a volleyball match.Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley came out hard Tuesday night, but the Huskies edged the Devils in focus, and came away with a 3-0 victory. Battle Mountain won 25-13, 25-19, 25-11 to remain undefeated this season.

The girls get emotional on both sides,” said Battle Mountain coach Brian Doyon. “They love playing each other – it’s good competition.”Eagle Valley had several streaks where they allowed Battle Mountain to score 6 or 7 unanswered points.”Some of the little things hurt us emotionally,” said Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford. “We made a great play then missed a serve, and that can totally change your momentum. Even in the losing effort, Eagle Valley played well, and was all smiles on the court.”We enjoyed it, even though they beat the snot out of us,” said Crawford. “That Battle Mountain team hits hard, but they are a fun team to play against.”The Huskies had big hits off the hands of Sofia Lindroth, Nicole Penwill and Crystin Rodrick, who had eight, six and three kills, respectively.”As a team, we played really well offensively,” said Lindroth. “I think that in the first part of every game, we started off well, and then we got intense.”

In all three games, the teams were neck and neck until Battle Mountain pulled away. The second game was the closest, with Eagle Valley cutting the lead to 21-18 on two points that featured digs by Michelle Parmenter.Parmenter was a force all over the court, digging up the hardest shots Lindroth and Sydney Nichols of Battle Mountain could dish out.”You’ve just gotta read the hitter. You can’t watch the ball,” said Parmenter.Sizing up the opponentThey may be rivals, but the teams have the utmost respect for each other.”Their offense is tremendous,” Crawford said. “They have a well-rounded team with attacks from all sides.”Battle Mountain had to work to win the points, and felt it met stern opposition.

“Eagle Valley passed really well and started digging well,” said Doyon. “On some attacks they didn’t put a block, and their back row was digging up the ball. The work Rob (Crawford) has done with them on defense has really paid off.”Parmenter was impressed with Battle Mountain’s offense, but thought the Devils hung tough.”That was the best we have ever played – it was such an adrenaline rush,” Parmenter said. “Our passing was on, and we were really scrappy.”Joanna Storer did most of the setting for Eagle Valley. Ashley Farenholtz had a lot of solid hits along with Lyndee Cox and Kellee Hollis.The Huskies did a good job of not letting the ball hit the floor. Kendra Havlik led the team with 10 digs, followed by Rodrick who had nine.At the center of the powerful offense was Britney Brown, who had 21 assists.”She had a big night,” said Doyon. “You can always credit hitters for hitting well, but if they aren’t getting a good ball, it doesn’t matter how good a hitter is.”

The two teams will face each other again on Oct. 4 in Gypsum.Vail Mountain beats Vail ChristianIn other local action, Vail Mountain School beat rival Vail Christian in four games. The Saints won the first game 25-20, while the Gore Rangers won the last three games, 25-17, 25-12, 25-22. Look for the full story in Thursday’s paper.Sports writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado