Battle Mountain finishes regular season at 17-2
EAGLE-VAIL ” Just call the Battle Mountain girls volleyball team fashionably late for Saturday’s Homecoming Dance.
The Huskies had a little business to attend to before the ball, dispatching 5A Doherty 25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 25-21 to finish the regular season 17-2.
“Win or loss, it didn’t matter,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “We needed to elevate our play throughout the whole match and that’s what our girls did. They did a very nice job of doing that. It was a lot of fun. It was good to watch them play strongly. We really had no lulls against a really strong team.”
“Our first two games, we were off,” Doherty coach Julie Ortiz said. “I don’t know if it was the bus ride up here or what. I knew playing like that we wouldn’t do well in districts. But playing like the last two games I feel hopeful for districts now.”
Getting ready for the postseason was the main point of this match, but the Huskies had a little business on their minds before getting their disco groove on.
Doherty was the only team to beat Battle Mountain last year during the team’s state-championship run. Though most of the players on both sides are different, a few of Battle Mountain’s seniors remembered.
“Ever since last year, they’ve been our rivals,” Huskies outside-hitter Jen Thul said. “We knew coming into this game that it was a really big game for us. It felt really good to win.”
Saturday’s game was Battle Mountain’s best competition of the year at home, and hopefully, a preview of action to come at Saturday’s District 7 Tournament, which the Huskies host.
Doherty denied the Huskies a three-game sweep with a a 25-23 win in the third, but Battle Mountain came out well in the fourth game.
“The fourth game is a brand-new game and we just had to come out and play our game and not let any of the third game affect how we play,” Thul said.
The Huskies broke out to a 12-6 lead behind the serving of Alexa Corcoran and Devon Abbott. An Abbott block got things going, followed by a kill from Annalisa Padget. Hannah Ellison, Thul and Padget all chipped in on Abbott’s serving run.
Doherty rallied to tie it at 13, but Ellison smashed down a kill to stem the tide. Two Abbott attacks and another kill from Padget gave the Huskies the lead for good at 20-19. Kori Landauer served the game and the match to its conclusion.
“It’s good because they’re probably our toughest competition so far this year,” Landauer said. “It’s good to have a chance to see competition before districts.”
The Huskies host districts for the third year in a row on Saturday. Under the waterfall format, the 4A Slope’s fourth- and fifth-place teams, Eagle Valley and Glenwood Springs, respectively, will be a part of the field.
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