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Huskies pound Delta, close on league title

Special to the Daily/Margie PlathBattle Mountain senior Kori Landauer gets a hug from her brother, Travis, during Senior Day ceremonies Saturday. The Huskies celebrated with a three-game sweep of Delta.
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EAGLE-VAIL ” Saturday was Senior Day for Battle Mountain volleyball, but these seniors are hopefully far from done.

The Huskies took care of Delta, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24, inching closer to the school’s first three-peat in volleyball. A win Tuesday at Rifle or a victory at home against Glenwood Springs Thursday will do the trick. It should be noted that Battle Mountain would likely prefer sooner, rather than later.

More importantly, the team honored its four seniors, Devon Abbott, Alexa Corcoran, Kori Landauer and Jen Thul.



“I thought it was so great,” sophomore Hannah Ellison said. “They’re basically my heroes. They’re great people to look up to. It made me happy to see them out there.”

“They’re a tremendous group of girls,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “To be honest, they’ve been with the varsity for three or four years. They’re going to be successful in whatever they choose in life. I hope they continue to play in college, but not before a few more games here.”

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Work still to do

The Huskies aren’t looking to broader horizons just yet. Abbott slammed down 10 kills as did Ellison. Thul and Annalisa Padget had eight. Corcoran had a team-high 12 digs to add to her 33 assists.

Ellison was the star in serving, ripping off 12 points in a row in the second game.



“I think I got really aggressive,” Ellison said. “I felt like the team needed me. I was just trying to stay focused on the game.”

With the match in hand, Doyon was able to get Cara Marbach, Piper McMillin, Sydney Miller and Beca Hughes some playing time.

Combined with a three-game sweep at Palisade, the win against Delta gave the Huskies a nice bounce-back week after suffering their first league loss of the year at Moffat County. Battle Mountain enters the final week of the season with an 11-1 mark in the 4A Slope and is 14-2 overall.

“We’ve been having tough practices and the girls have responded well,” Doyon said. “These weren’t overly-competitive matches, but the girls did a great job of staying focused.”

The Huskies are at Rifle Tuesday and then home Thursday for Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m. While it’s Homecoming all week, the team’s official game for the festivities is Saturday at 6 p.m.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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