Huskies bounce back with two wins
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Battle Mountain volleyball could get used to the concept of hosting two league games in one day.
The Huskies bounced Moffat County in four games and then swept Steamboat Springs, 25-12, 25-23, 25-16.
“I’ll take two wins in one day or in one week. I don’t care,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said.
The wins were a good tonic for the Huskies (6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Slope) after a three-set loss to Eagle Valley Tuesday.
“We were working hard in practice. That’s the main thing,” Huskies middle blocker Hannah Ellison said. “We came out a lot stronger this time.”
Right next door in the back gym, Eagle Valley dumped both the Bulldogs and Sailors, giving the Eagle County teams an early leg up on the league title chase. The Devils are at 5-0, followed by the Huskies at 4-1 and Steamboat at 3-2.
“I’ve had better days,” Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. “Two losses in one day is hard blow, especially the way we’ve been playing. Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain were better than Steamboat Springs today.”
In a very interesting twist, Hall gave the nod to the Huskies over the Devils, despite the compelling evidence to the contrary with Eagle Valley’s win Tuesday over Battle Mountain.
“(Battle Mountain) plays volleyball a bit faster then we’re used to,” she said, adding, “That’s volleyball, though.”
Battle Mountain came out swiftly against the Sailors, as Anna Padget-Shields, served seven-straight points for a 13-6 lead. That run included a block and a kill from Ellison and an attack from Piper McMillin. Cara Murbach extended the Huskies lead to 18-8 and an ace from Erin Barker gave Battle Mountain the game.
The Sailors made it tight in Game 2, but a key kill by Sammy Miletich gave Battle Mountain some breathing room at 24-20 on the way to the win.
“We talked and tried to make some adjustments, but it just didn’t work,” Hall said. “We had a couple of kids who had the flu, but even if we were healthy, I don’t think we could have gotten over the hump.”
Padget-Shields led the Huskies with 10 kills, while Miletich and Ellison both had eight. Cara Murbach and Kelsey Plath combined for 20 digs.
Let’s play two?
It was a long day with matches at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for all four squads present, but count coach Hall as a fan of the new format.
“Honestly, today didn’t work to well for us,” she joked. “But I think it’s a good thing to get two matches in. It saves us a trip and it gives us an extra Thursday night which is good for the players and the coaches.”
Hall might look more favorably on the twinbill concept when the Huskies and Devils head north Oct. 11.
In the meantime, Steamboat hosts Delta Friday night, while Battle Mountain is at Grand Junction Central Tuesday.
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