Huskies spikers down The Classical Academy in three
EDWARDS — OK, a Battle Mountain team did beat The Classical Academy on Friday.
Give it up for Huskies volleyball, which swept the Titans, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.
That was Battle Mountain volleyball’s first match in more than a week, and the Huskies put it to good use.
“It was a good thing for us to refocus and to assess this year’s team versus years past and to find our own identity,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We were chomping at the bit to get our first match at home under our belts.”
It all starts with defense, so the coach gave postgame props to Haley Frischholz and Taylor Anderson. Maddie Perkins had her best night of the year so far, running the offense, and Jordan Brandt and Emily Clinton put those passes down nicely.
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“We’re still finding our footing as a younger program, but our six primary seniors are starting to find their footing to lead us,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re going to become better and better.”
Battle Mountain (2-1) starts league play on Thursday in Edwards against Rifle at 6:30 p.m.
Saints win at Hayden
Vail Christian suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Meeker, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7, on Friday night in Edwards, but bounced back on Saturday with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 win at Hayden.
Friday’s match against was a nonconference game as the Saints are in the Northern Division of the 2A Slope, while the Cowboys are in the South.
With the win over Hayden, Vail Christian moved to 2-0 in conference play. More importantly, the Saints showed improvement from Friday to Saturday.
“We played well and were very consistent,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “We had much better passing and communication, which was good to see.”
VMS spikers lose opener
Vail Mountain School dropped its season-opener at North Park, 25-10, 25-27, 25-15, 26-24, on Friday night.
The Gore Rangers aren’t exactly panicking as they graduated five seniors from last year’s team and this was their first outing of the season.
“It was our first game and we went in untested,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “Everyone was waiting to see what happened. Were we discouraged? No. Do we have a learning opportunity? Yes.”
VMS hits the road on Tuesday to face Soroco.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.