Eagle Valley Devils and Battle Mountain Huskies spikers ready to take on regionals
Eagle Valley volleyball is not ready for the season to end.
“I don’t want any of my seniors to graduate,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “We’re having a team dinner tonight and we want to drag the season out.”
The way to keep things rolling is to win at regionals. Eagle Valley is at Region 4 at Niwot on Friday, Nov. 3, while Battle Mountain is heading to Lewis-Palmer for Region 1 on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Each of these tournaments is a three-team round robin with the winners heading to the state tournament.
The rating-percentage index was not kind to Eagle Valley. The Devils won the 4A Slope, but were ranked only No. 21, according to the computer.
While the host Cougars will be favored to emerge from the trio with Eagle Valley and Canon City, Devils are tougher than an average No. 21 seed.
If a match against Niwot is starting to sound familiar to Eagle Valley fans, it is. The Cougars and the Devils met last year at the state tournament, with the former winning 25-23, 25-19, 25-19.
At state, the Devils got to know Cougars setter Mackenzie Fidelak, who has since committed to Stanford. She is the focus of Niwot’s attack.
In the meantime, Eagle Valley needs to focus on cutting down on its own errors and is adding a few new wrinkles.
“We are working on serving tougher and attacking differently,” Rindy said.
Battle Mountain slid into the 36th and final spot of regional qualifying when the RPI came out on Monday, Oct. 30.
“We were excited to get in,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We wanted to continue the tradition that we qualify for regionals ever year, and we’re going to put a good game on the floor.”
Battle Mountain will face No. 1 Lewis-Palmer and No. 24 Berthoud.
“It the same game, dressed up a little fancier,” Fitzgerald said. “We going to go have a good time and execute our game.”
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