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Eagle-Vail: Veteran Huskies spikers ready for big year

BMVB Erin Barker PU 8-2-08

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – There weren’t a lot of introductions at training camp for Battle Mountain volleyball.

About the only new person there was the coach, and she’s got a pretty solid resume, so she’s fit in.

“I really like Tree,” Huskies setter Erin Barker said. “I had her before (in club volleyball). I think she’s a different coach than our former coach, but I think it’s a good change, nothing negative. She plays a lot and she’s very good at defensive practice for us.”

Tree would be Lara Bossow, the team’s new coach replacing Brian Doyon. You might remember her from such episodes as leading Vail Mountain to the 1A state tournament twice, as a middle-blocker for CU during her college days and as an assistant coach at Eagle Valley.

Coach Bossow has five seniors returning from last year’s team which went 15-7.

“The experience factor is huge,” Bossow said. “We are able to experiment a lot. We are treating the whole preseason as an experiment. We’re looking at a 6-2 or a 5-1 (formation). I see a lot at every position. Nothing is set in stone.”

But the pieces are there. Hannah Ellison is back at middle block, along with Krista Norris. Now a senior, Ellison has played varsity since her sophomore year, while Norris was no stranger to the court last year. Kate Manley should also see time here.

At outside hitter, the Huskies return Piper McMillin and Sammy Miletich.

The team has Barker, a senior, and Jayna Horn, a junior, at setter, making for an abundance of experience there. Cara Murbach is back as the libero. She’s a senior, and she’s joined at defensive specialist by senior Jessica Whitney.

Right-side hitter? Junior Cayla Bluhm’s back.

“I know my teammates. I don’t have to get acquainted with anyone, more re-acquainted,” Barker joked. “Having all the seniors on our team is a big plus. We’ve all played varsity before. We know what to expect.”

Youngsters Bailey Garton, Allison Bossow, Remy Lovett and Brittany Jackson also impressed during training camp and will split time between the varsity and JV teams.

The Huskies have ambitions in the 4A Slope and will likely have to go through a familiar rival in defending league champ, Eagle Valley. The two teams meet in Gypsum on Sept. 22 and in Edwards on Oct. 13. The two teams split the season series last year with the road team winning both meetings.

Battle Mountain’s new gym will not be ready for the Huskies quite yet, so the team will open its season against Montrose in Eagle-Vail on Thursday at 5 p.m. Last year, the Huskies beat the Indians on the road in five games. The two teams met two season ago at with Montrose taking the win.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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