Devils get the win on Senior Night
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley volleyball’s Senior Night, a 25-14, 25-23, 25-15 win over Battle Mountain, was both happy and sad.
On the obvious side of the ledger, for the Devils, a win over Battle Mountain is always a good thing. But playing your last match at home is tough.
“It’s definitely both,” Devils senior Alex Lassa said. “The underclassmen give us gifts and tell them they’re going to miss us. It’s hard. Four years, it’s a long time.”
As Eagle Valley’s Ciara Rulon, Haley Hutton, Erin Burnett, Kelsey VanGoey and Lassa were honored before the game, their contributions to the program were not missed by Devils coach Shawn Weatherred.
“I told them they did a lot to get this program to where it is,” he said. “Hopefully, we can maintain that, so that when they look back and say they played for Eagle Valley they can be proud of it. Hopefully, we can maintain what they’ve helped build.”
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Through it was technically a road game, the same goes for Battle Mountain’s lone senior, Bailey Garton, and her coach, Jason Fitzpatrick.
“As a first-year coach, to have a senior who stuck with the program who stuck with the program with her third head coach, it says a lot about her character,” Fitzpatrick said. “She immediately lifted our work ethic in practice and our focus. I couldn’t have been more happy to have her as my senior.”
Eagle Valley (12-6 overall and 7-4 in 4A Slope) picked up some momentum with the win as it prepares for districts, but the win did not come as easily as it did in Round 1 up in Edwards. The Huskies (4-13, 2-8) came close to snagging the second game.
“In the last two to three weeks, we’ve really shifted gears,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve started playing the tempo and style we want to play. We’re still young and learning how to win, or, in a lot of cases, not to lose. Eagle Valley’s a great team with a lot of experience. That’s where Game 2 goes in their favor.”
Both teams conclude the regular season with a northern twinbill Saturday against Steamboat Springs and Moffat County Saturday.
“We have to get better in the middle offensively and we have to pass the ball better,” said Weatherred. “We’re just not passing the ball well right now. But those go hand in hand.”
For the record, Weatherred, a diehard Texas Rangers fan, has his team winning the Fall Classic in five games. In the interests of equality, Battle Mountain dean of students and Huskies baseball manager, Jason Spannagel, who bleeds Cardinals’ red, calls for St. Louis in six.
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