Battle Mountain spikers fall to Glenwood Springs
EDWARDS — “Growing Pains,” is not just an old sitcom, starring Alan Thicke, and, yes, a very young Leonardo DiCaprio.
It can also be the state of a sports team, like Battle Mountain volleyball after a dispiriting 25-18, 25-11, 25-11 loss to Glenwood Springs on Thursday night.
“Where we are is very young when it comes to playing under pressure,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We put too much pressure on ourselves and crumble at the net. That’s what it felt like tonight like we had sandbags on our backs.”
No, it was not the happiest of nights in Edwards. After Game 2, Fitzgerald sent his team to the locker room for the extended break due to “Chuck a Duck.” Ducks were, in fact, chucked.
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While it does not compare with a Battle Mountain-Meeker game about 20 years ago when the Cowboys coach called a timeout in the middle of a set and just had her team do pushups, well, it was a rough outing.
The Huskies struggled to put things together, starting with basic elements like digging up the ball to passing. The transition forward was bumpy and the Huskies’ front rarely got a clean ball at which to swing.
Setter Drea Pedersen was sitting for most of Game 2, a noteworthy development. This is akin to benching the quarterback. Keeping up the football analogy, quarterbacks get too much credit when a team wins and all the blame when it loses.
Pedersen didn’t have a good match, nor did anyone in Battle Mountain uniform. Perhaps, some of the Huskies’ struggles got glossed over with two matches to open the year against Vail Christian and Vail Mountain.
But at 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Western Slope, there is concern in Battle Mountain’s camp.
“We will have an incredibly focused and driven practice tomorrow,” Fitzgerald said. “This is the group that can take this challenge and bounce back. That’s the good part about tonight. No matter how low it feels tonight, this group has a high on the other side.”
Battle Mountain is at Summit County on Thursday.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.