Huskies serve their way past Moffat
The answer was an emphatic, “yes” Thursday night for the Battle Mountain volleyball team against Moffat County.
Jenna Tjossem served eight straight points in game one and Tiana Plath staked the Huskies to a 10-0 lead from behind the line in game two as the Huskies cruised past Moffat 15-9, 15-8.
“They were just really consistent. They were on target,” Huskies coach Elizabeth Nilsson said. “We got in a groove and were placing every serve. Jenna Tjessom had eight points in a row in the first game. Then Tiana came out and started the second game 10-0 serving 10 in a row. It was just amazing. We were just on, working as a team and anticipating everything and we got home early, which is nice.”
The ride back from Craig sure is shorter when you win, and winning is becoming a regular thing for the resurgent Huskies spikers. Battle Mountain is 3-3 in 4A Western Slope and 6-6 overall, going into this afternoon’s game against Delta.
Tjossem got the Huskies going Thursday night against the Bulldogs with an eight-point streak. Nilsson usually signals the serves, but Tjossem was in the zone.
“Actually, she was signalling, but I wasn’t looking at her,” Tjossem said. “I was just looking at the court. I just tried to mix it up and keep them on their toes.”
Meanwhile, Plath didn’t think she was going to be playing in the second game. Happily for the Huskies, she did.
“I didn’t play the first game and didn’t think I was going to play,” Plath said. “But I went in there and it was 10-0 before I knew it so it was pretty cool.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I worked very hard on JV the last two years and it’s been really neat to come into varsity and do so well.”
And don’t forget Meagan Reigel. She stepped in for Kati Russell up front and did a nice job
“Kati Russell was out with the flu and Meagan Reigel, who’s a sophomore, filled those shoes and those were big shoes to fill,” Nilsson said. “She had a nice game with two blocks and I think she had seven kills.”
The Huskies host Delta at 2 p.m. today as a part of Homecoming.
Soccer looks to bounce back
EAGLE-VAIL – At the end of Battle Mountain soccer’s practice Friday, a rainbow appeared in Eagle-Vail.
The end of the rainbow seemed to be aimed directly at Battle Mountain High School.
“There’s a pot of golf at Battle Mountain High School,” Huskies coach David Cope joked.
The Huskies could use some good kharma these day. After a 2-0 loss last weekend to Glenwood, the Huskies lost a 1-0 heartbreaker at Steamboat Springs Thursday night.
“It was just such a shame because the kids played really well,” Cope said. “Having said that, when you get opportunities, you have to put them away and we never did. We had a gameplan. We executed it. We did everything we wanted to do. It just didn’t happen for us.”
Among the myriad of chances, J.D. Lemon hit the crossbar. Sean Reynold had a beautiful header that was parried away by the Sailors’ keeper. Andy Banny had a beautiful opportunity late from the right side, only to be stoned. And Antonio Aparicio hit a post and then on the rebound got denied by the crossbar.
“I thought we were exceptionally good at midfield. We pressed them all over the field,” Cope said. “They were never able able to get a rhythm. We were first to the ball all over the place. Julio Garcia was great. Roberto (Alcaras) was great. Sean Reynolds was great.”
Battle Mountain will try to rebound this morning at 11 against Moffat County as part of Homecoming.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.