Battle Mountain rolls through Palisade |

Battle Mountain rolls through Palisade

Ian Cropp

PALISADE – Once again, it only took Battle Mountain three games to work over an opponent. The victim this time: Palisade.”It was a good match. We played very disciplined,” said coach Brian Doyon. “We came out on fire, and our attacks were great.”Battle Mountain won, 25-19, 25-23, 25-17. Offense was the weapon of choice for the Huskies.”I think the girls did a great job at the net,” Doyon said. “Offensively we had a lot of kills from a multitude of players. We were attacking from all over.”Sofia Lindroth led the team in kills with 13, followed by Nicole Penwill with 9 and Crystin Rodrick with 8. At the facilitating end of the kills was setter Britney Brown.”Britney had a huge night with 34 assists,” Doyon said. “That’s impressive for three games.”Even on defense, the Huskies did a good job of dictating the tempo of play.”At the net defensively we got some key blocks,” Doyon said. Battle Mountain won the last two points of the game on blocks.Even without a senior on the team, the Huskies have shown exemplary unity.”A big thing is that the girls have played together so long and have a lot of experience,” Doyon said.Up next for the Huskies is a Homecoming match against Delta on Saturday at 1 p.m.”We have to take some of the confidence from (Palisade) and apply that on Saturday,” Doyon said. Slow start hurts DevilsDELTA – Consistency is key in volleyball, as the Devils learned Tuesday against Battle Mountain. If there was any doubt in their minds after that match, it was put to rest Thursday night.Eagle Valley fell in five sets to Delta on Thursday. After losing the first two games 25-14, 25-11, the Devils regained their composure to win the next two games 25-18, 25-23. But in the final game, Eagle Valley came up short, losing 15-11.”We played some of the worst volleyball we have ever played,” said coach Rob Crawford. “And then we played some good volleyball – not the greatest – but still good.”In the first two games, the Devils lacked communication and let a lot of balls fall to the floor.”We got behind off the bat and panicked,” Crawford said. “The mental part of the game is something we may have to work on. They are all good volleyball players, which means there is only one thing getting in the way.”A more cohesive and focused team came out in the next two games, but the team faltered in the last game. Michelle Parmenter led the team with eight kills.”She played her usual cerebral self,” Crawford said.On Saturday the Devils face Palisade at 1 p.m. Crawford hopes the team plays with the passion they had against Battle Mountain.”We have to be more aggressive towards the ball,” Crawford said. “We are kind of looking at each other, but we need to be fighting each other for the ball.”Vail, Colorado

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