Huskies down VMS for home win
EDWARDS – How’s this for a novel concept? Battle Mountain volleyball won a home game, its first of the year, Thursday, downing the Vail Mountain School, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21.
“This is what a home win feels like,” joked Battle Mountain first-year coach Jason Fitzgerald.
“It’s awesome to win it home because you have the crowd cheering for you for support,” Huskies sophomore LaRose Currie said. “It’s awesome to get the confidence up. We needed it. It’s good to get before the end of the first half (of league play).”
Young Currie was doing quite a bit of damage Thursday night. When her turn came up front, the Huskies (3-7) went on runs.
“She’s our go-to girl on the front, but it was nice to get (Allison) Bossow in the match,” Fitzgerald said. “Bailey (Garton), our senior, got some good clutch kills from the right side. And our passing was better.”
And with that, we have a winner. If you got a nickel for every time the coach preaches passing, you’d own a trophy home in Beaver Creek by now. In all seriousness, the Huskies hope to get some bounce out of this victory was they host Moffat County at noon and Steamboat Springs at 5 p.m. Saturday in the team’s annual doubleheader with the northern teams of the 4A Slope.
“Looking to our league, we needed a lift, a reason to feel good about ourselves,” Fitzgerald said. “I hope this does it. They’re going to be two tough matches, but these are two teams I think we should be able to compete with.”
Meanwhile, VMS (3-6) has a good reason to feel good about itself, coming out of this one. With Lizzy Bolyard already out for the year, the Gore Rangers were also missing Hannah McKeever. She got a concussion last weekend up in Soroco, and VMS will be understandably cautious in bringing her back.
Nonetheless, the 2A Gore Rangers hung in there with the 4A Huskies.
“We’re playing down a couple of players, so you have new rotations and new lineups, which obviously was recognizable at times during the match,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “But with the girls being out of rotation, the girls did a good job of staying composed. It’s one thing we’ve been working on – just playing in the moment.”
VMS heads to North Park Saturday for a 2A triangular with the host Wildcats and Hayden Saturday.
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