At Homecoming, Huskies roll past Palisade
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” One of the most regular cheers from the Battle Mountain student section Thursday night during the Huskies’ volleyball game against Palisade was “She’s our freshman.”
The chant comes out after the Huskies’ Sammy Miletich slams one down and almost sounds like “She’s our freshman and wait until you see the rest of the team.”
But with each passing match, Miletich is playing less and less like a newcomer to high school. That certainly was the case as the Huskies downed Palisade, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23.
“It’s very cool,” Miletich said of the freshman chant. “When they yell that, it encourages me a little bit. I take it as an opportunity to get better every time and try to be the best I can be.”
Miletich finished the evening with a match-high 12 kills as Battle Mountain won its sixth straight contest in upping its record to 8-1 in the 4A Slope and 11-2 overall.
“She’s got a really good, calm attitude,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “That’s a real key thing. She works hard. She’s got a really good work ethic. She’s just a fun kid. She brings it every time she plays.”
As for the visiting Bulldogs (5-4, 7-7), Thursday’s loss capped a tough week against Eagle County’s teams.
“We didn’t play the same game we’ve been playing the last few weeks,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We had a game plan and we just weren’t able to execute it. That wasn’t the level of play we’ve been at.
“Our hitting and just our net play, we had some ideas there of what would work. Unfortunately, our back-row skills didn’t allow us to do it tonight.”
‘An act of God’
The Huskies were ready to party for Homecoming, coming out in unique garb.
“I have a luau skirt on and the shoes are extra special and the glasses are Prada to top off the outfit,” Battle Mountain setter Erin Barker said.
With most of the crowd wearing black-and-gold leis, the Huskies did their own number on the Bulldogs. The Huskies broke open a tight first game with a serving run from Anna Padget-Shields. Attacks from Hannah Ellison and Miletich capped the game.
Battle Mountain ran away with Game 2 and rallied from behind during the final stanza. Ellison led the Huskies with seven blocks, Padget-Shields topped the team in digs (18) and Barker kept everything rolling with 29 assists. Kendra Collette and Chelsea Lorimor led the Bulldogs with eight kills each.
The only thing missing was no Doyon in a skirt.
“It would take an act of God,” he said. “I’m not Scottish, so I don’t think so.”
Palisade has a week off before hosting Glenwood Thursday. Meanwhile the Huskies get a much-anticipated rematch with Eagle Valley in Gypsum. Eagle Valley beat Battle Mountain in three last month in Eagle-Vail.
“It doesn’t change,” Doyon said. “We’ve got to come out and play strong. We’ve got to go to their house. Their fans are going to be way into it. They’re the No. 1 seed in the league. It will be good fun for everybody.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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