Huskies hold off Glenwood for volleyball win
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain’s volleyball team held off a Glenwood team that kept coming with everything but earth-moving equipment for a Huskies’ Homecoming win.
Husky coach Jason Fitzgerald spent 10 years in Michigan and 10 in Santa Barbara, Cailf., where homecoming was strictly a football affair.
“This is treat for all the athletes to celebrate homecoming,” Fitzgerald said.
“We win with pride and we lose with pride and grace. We have a great group of players and we keep improving,” said Sarah Ryan, Glenwood coach.
Collin Idzikowski, Battle Mountain musician, cross country runner and student opened the match when he ripped up the national anthem. From there, the music just got better.
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They started the party right away, jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the opener. Glenwood shot themselves in the foot and a couple other vital organs, falling behind 16-9 when Battle Mountain’s Mackenzie Ellison blistered a kill. Carly Cook’s three straight serves and another Ellison kill made it 22-10.
LaRose Currie buried the winner with a kill and a 25-10 win the first game. The young Huskies are in the heart of their league schedule and the experience is beginning to show.
“We’re still young but we won’t use that as an excuse any more,” Fitzgerald said. “This is a big turning time for us.”
The second game was a see-saw affair in the early going, but soonleaned toward Battle Mountain came from behind to pull ahead 10-8 on another Ellison kill.
But before you could say, “It’s really snowing outside?!?” – yes, it was – Glenwood fought back to trail by one, 18-17.
Glenwood’s Abby Russell served three straight to make it 22-20.But that was as far as it would go as Battle Mountain won the second game 25-23.
Early in the third game, Battle Mountain had its own series of moments when it had apparently lost all sense of self-preservation. Put that together with a string of aces and kills and Glenwood jumped out to a 10-5 lead.
Jenna Pearce’s block put the Demons up 12-6, Lexie Warkentin added a kill and Delaney Gaddis reeled off three straight serves for a 15-7 Demon lead. Glenwood hung on to win the third game 25-17 to make make it a 2-1 match.
The fourth game was a tight affair and neither team could stretch their lead to much more than the length of a political soundbite.
Finally, at 21-19, Currie drilled a seeing-eye kill and followed it with two serves and a little Huskies luck for a 25-21 win and the match.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.