District 7: Huskies home again
EAGLE-VAIL ” The District 7 Volleyball Tournament really is not permanently assigned to Battle Mountain.
It just seems that way.
For the third year in a row, the Huskies host the first step of the postseason, a six-team tournament with the top-two teams advancing to regionals.
“I think it’s a huge comfort level,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “We get to sleep in our own beds. We don’t have to travel. The girls can relax. That’s a big help. It also brings some pressure of defending your own court.”
Battle Mountain is in Pool I with Fort Lupton and Mullen, while Eagle Valley, Glenwood Springs and Rock Canyon duke it out in Pool II. Pool play begins at 8 a.m. with the Huskies always playing in the main gym. The top-two teams in each group advance to crossover play at 12:15 p.m., followed by the title game at 2 p.m.
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Meet the teams
The Huskies start with Fort Lupton (4-13) from the Skyline League. The Huskies would like to get off to fast start ” figuratively and literally.
“With playing Doherty last week (a 3-1 win), it was definitely a faster pace,” Huskies setter Alexa Corcoran said. “That’s what we’re focusing on in practice. We’ve got to play a lot faster.”
“The thing we’re seeing with our team is the stuff we’re working on is improving,” Doyon said. “We’re starting to get ownership of those skills. We should come out and play well and get comfortable in our first match.”
Next up is Mullen. Huskies fans may remember Mullen from last year’s districts. The Mustangs are much-improved. Mullen is 10-9, playing in the 5A Centennial League before dropping down to 4A for the postseason.
The Huskies scrimmaged the Mustangs earlier this year.
“It’s a stronger team than last year,” Doyon said. “They have a good block. They like to serve real hard. They try to run a tempo offense. It’s not anything we haven’t seen.”
Taking a peek
While staying on task will be critical, it’s only human nature for the Huskies to be curious as to what’s happening in the auxiliary gym with Pool II, or more specifically Eagle Valley and Glenwood.
“I would hate to be in that pool and see those two teams again,” Corcoran said. “They’ve got to be at each other’s necks by now. I think definitely both of them have the potential to make it into the crossovers and even further than that. We’re definitely psyched to see them again.”
Battle Mountain went a combined 4-0 against the Devils and Demons during the regular season but that’s not the reason Doyon wouldn’t mind seeing either of those teams later in the day.
“It would be great to see two teams from our league to advance,” Doyon said. “That would be the best thing. It would be the best to see our league shine and show the state how good our league is.”
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District 7 Tournament
Pool I play is in the main gym. Pool II is in the auxiliary gym.
Battle Mountain vs. Fort Lupton, 8 a.m. Rock Canyon vs. Glenwood, 8 a.m.
Fort Lupton vs. Mullen, 9:15 a.m. Eagle Valley vs. Glenwood Springs, 9:15 a.m.
Battle Mountain vs. Mullen, 10:30 a.m. Eagle Valley vs. Rock Canyon
Crossovers at 12: 15 p.m.
Championship at 2 p.m.