Battle Mountain tops Tigers; Sailors edge Devils
EDWARDS — And now, people can speak of the unspeakable.
Battle Mountain volleyball heads to Eagle Valley today at 1 p.m. for Round 1 of the rivalry on the fall hardwood.
The Huskies took care of business on Thursday, downing Summit County, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17, to move to 3-0 in the 4A Slope and 5-1 overall.
“We talked about it tonight,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We knew at the end of the night that two teams could be undefeated (in league). Eagle Valley had to play Steamboat. One of them was going to be undefeated, and we wanted to make it two.”
Steamboat took down Eagle Valley in a five-game thriller, but Saturday’s tilt figures to be a big one as the buzz is that some combination of Devils, Huskies and Sailors are the front-runners in the league chase.
Fitzgerald feels his team has rallied since a loss to Montrose during the second match of the season.
“We’re climbing back,” he said. “We feel like we can match up well with the top teams in the league. Our confidence is growing.”
Sailors squeak by Devils
Steamboat Springs prevented Saturday’s rivalry game from being a match of unbeatens in league by squeaking by Eagle Valley in a five-game marathon, 26-24, 25-22, 10-25, 21-25, 15-13, on Thursday night in Gypsum.
Despite the loss, the Devils got great hitting from Kylie Martin (11 kills), as well as Morgan Murphy and Becy Glutova.
“I think we saw a lot of heart from our team,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said. “We were definitely able to tap into the mental aspect of volleyball and pull positive mental play into the game.”
Devon Green and Kenzie Sisson passed superbly, according to coach Myers.
Eagle Valley, 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the 4A Slope, now gets ready for Battle Mountain today.
“I think that playing Steamboat was the first step we needed to set the tone for Battle Mountain,” Myers said.