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Huskies spikers make state

Holly Markley
Bradley Wakoff/Greeley TribuneBattle Mountain's Sofia Lindroth attempts a block during the Huskies' match against the Thomspon Valley Eagles during the Regional D Volleyball Tournament in Greeley Saturday. The Huskies went 2-1 and qualified for state for the first time since 1998.

GREELEY – The Battle Mountain Huskies came one win short of winning a regional title, but they’ll get another shot Friday and Saturday at the 4A state volleyball tournament.Battle Mountain earned a trip to the big show after defeating Montezuma-Cortez and Thompson Valley, then losing to Greeley West for the Regional D title on Saturday in Greeley.The Huskies started the day out strong with a shutout victory against Montezuma-Cortez then let up a little in a four-game battle against Thompson Valley, but again came up with a win.

The team attributed their success to a variety of preparedness and skill. Sydney Nichols, outside hitter for the Huskies, gave credit to two main factors.”Our team is really strong is passing and serve-receive,” Nichols said.With the pair of wins over Montezuma-Cortez and Thompson Valley, Battle Mountain secured a spot in the state playoffs.

However, losing the match to Greeley West lost the regional title for the Huskies. Battle Mountain’s head coach Brian Doyon said a main reason for the loss was a lack of being in “the system”.”Greeley West in a very good defensive team and we just got out of the system a lot, they really stayed in their system,” Doyon said about the team’s performance during its third match.Nichols agreed with her coach and said by the third match the team was tired and had a hard time staying in the system.

“It felt great to win the first two but we would have liked to walk away with the regional title,” Nichols said.Despite the loss of the regional title and possibly a little less favorable seeding, the Huskies are still looking to make a statement at the state tournament. “Every game is a different scenario,” Doyon said. “We just need to make sure we stay in the system. When you are in the final eight everything matters. All these teams are good. Nobody got there on a fluke.”

When asked how she felt about the competition Nichols said, “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Our team is the first team to go to state since we moved up to 4A. It’s an honor.”The trip to state will be the first for the Huskies since 1998. With a young team of sophomores and juniors they are hoping this will not be their last appearance at the state level.Vail, Colorado

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