Huskies cruise past Rifle; ready for districts
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” She’s faster than a speeding bullet. She’s more powerful than a locomotive. She has hops like Crystin Rodrick. She slams down balls like Devon Abbott.
It’s Kelsey Plath playing on the front row.
That was Senior Day for Battle Mountain volleyball Saturday as the Huskies dispatched Rifle, 25-14, 25-11, 25-19, and had a little fun with the lineup.
“Coach told me before the game to wear black,” said Plath, who usually wears a gold top as the team’s libero. “He told me Cara (Murbach) was playing libero. I thought I was in trouble.”
Nope. Brian Doyon was actually having a little fun, so Plath, who has spent her career at Battle Mountain flinging herself all over the court for digs in the back row before being subbed out when her spot rotates up front, found herself in the company of her just-a-bit-taller teammates putting down attacks and the occasional kill.
“I really didn’t know what I was doing out there,” Plath joked.
That having been said, she got a more-than-a-passing grade from here fellow honoree on Senior Day, Anna Padget-Shields, who is a wee-bit more accustomed to crushing balls onto the other side of the court.
“She’s good,” Padget-Shields said approvingly.
The Huskies sent Plath and Padget-Shields off in fine style finishing the regular season with a 12-2 mark in the 4A Slope and a 15-4 record overall. The Huskies enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed from the Slope and will be at the District 8 Tournament next weekend at Rock Canyon at Highlands Ranch.
Meanwhile, the visiting Bears finished the season at 6-13 and 2-12, a definite step in the right direction for the program, which had gone winless in the league since 2003 until toppling Delta and Moffat County this season.
“We laid the foundation for the last four years,” Rifle coach Geneva Farr said. “I’m graduating only two seniors this year. We’re a young team, and the future of Rifle volleyball is bright.”
The Huskies cruised in the first two games, but encountered some resistance from the Bears in Game 3. The two teams traded points with both Amber Lyons and Adrienne Schmidt blocking ferocious attacks from Padget-Shields.
But on Senior Day, both Plath and Padget-Shields ended up guiding the Huskies home.
After the game, the team showered the duo with gifts and tokens like it was Christmas morning.
“It was difficult, knowing that this was our last home game,” Padget-Shields said. “I wasn’t expecting al this. I love all these girls.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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