Huskies make it 2-for-2 against Devils |

Huskies make it 2-for-2 against Devils

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyMichelle Parmenter (2) and Summer Forsyth (21)try to block a spike from Battle Mountain's Nicole Penwill , left, Tuesday in Gypsum.Battle Mountain won in three games.

GYPSUM – Get your brooms out. Battle Mountain volleyball beat Eagle Valley in three games 25-16, 25-22, 25-20, Tuesday night to take two matches from the Devils for the first time since 2000.That year, Battle Mountain upset Eagle Valley in the regular season and then eliminated the Devils in districts.This year, the Huskies (12-1 overall and 8-0 in the 4A Slope) were the decided favorites, and played like it, though Eagle Valley (2-10, 1-7) hung tough in the second and third games.

“It’s good. Eagle’s playing well, though,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “I was surprised with how they come on their block. They did a good job there. The girls managed to deal with crowd and play their game. So, it was good.””It really fires us up a lot because they’re one of our school’s rivals,” said the Huskies’ Sofia Lindroth who had the attack of the night. “It feels good. It’s a good accomplishment.”Her attack in the second game went straight at Eagle Valley’s Ryanne Wilson. The sophomore couldn’t get out of the way and took the hurtling orb on the side of her face. She gamely stayed in the game, but that point put Battle Mountain up 20-17, the eventual margin of victory for the Huskies in Game 2In Game 3, Crystin Rodrick put down the most dramatic kill for Battle Mountain’s 24th point. It was not without controversy as the Eagle Valley student section on the east side of the gym objected vehemently as did Eagle Valley coach Rob Crawford. Battle Mountain served out the final point for the win.

Eagle Valley improvingDespite the loss, Crawford was pleased with his charges’ effort.”Our blocking game has gotten so much better. Battle Mountain is an awesome team,” Crawford said. “They really are. They should go far in the postseason. The fact that we hung in there for two games, I was really proud of my girls. I thought that’s the best we’ve played all season.”Michelle Parmenter led the Devils with seven kills. Crawford was impressed with Ashley Farenholtz’s aggressiveness at the net as well as his middle block trio of Amanda Padilla, Summer Forsyth and Hollis.

“The problem with Battle Mountain is that they’re good all around,” Crawford said. “They’re not just good hitters. They’re not just good blockers. they’re not just good passers. They do it all. That aspect gives me fits.”Nicole Penwill led the Huskies with 12 kills, while Rodrick had 10. Britney Brown had 33 assists. Kori Landauer led Battle Mountain with five digs and Penwill topped the Huskies with three solo blocks.Tuesday was a good test for Battle Mountain. The Huskies were in a hostile environment and were down 13-9 in Game 2, a rarity this season, and managed to come back. “No matter what the error was or the problem was, it didn’t phase us,” Doyon said. “We continued to roll and play our game. It didn’t matter. We just stayed focused and played.”And everybody played for Battle Mountain which was important as the Huskies head down the road toward the postseason in all likelihood.

“As we get further down the road, it’s going to be more important to get our players as well rounded as possible, continue to get them court time,” Doyon said. “I want to put them in difficult situations, so that they know they can handle it. They handle it very well. We’ve got great production from everybody.”While Eagle Valley is hosting Delta Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the Huskies have Palisade in Eagle-Vail for another big test, also at 6:30 p.m.”This will be our first test of the second half of the season, so it will be a big game,” Doyon said. “We’ll have to be a little bit more focused than we were tonight. We’re also going to have to expect a little more pressure. I expect them to pass batter. I’m sure their attack is going to be coming hard.” Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via, Colorado

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