Huskies spikers win league game |

Huskies spikers win league game

The Huskies, (4-3 overall, 1-0 in league) split the first two games with the Panthers 15-12, 13-15 before breaking open the match 15-5 in the third and deciding stanza.

“The third game, the girls just came out really strong,” Huskies coach Elizabeth Nilsson said. “We were in a hostile environment and our girls came out wanting to win. We had a couple of good kills and we had a couple all-around good plays that resulted in some really powerhouse hitting.”

In the stat department, Kati Russell led the way with 10 kills, while setter Nichole Lindroth posted 41 assists. Jenna Gilbert was also a key player with 16 attacks

For Battle Mountain, it was the Huskies third win in a little more than a week against Delta. The Huskies met up with the Panthers at the season-opening Best of the West Tournament in Moffat County.

“We certainly made adjustments, ” Nilsson said. “They had two heavy hitters and we just made adjustments in our defense, our coverage. We were able to save their hits. When they started tipping balls we were able to read her. It didn’t look like they made any adjustments on our end. But we played a bit stronger.”

The Huskies and the Panthers will meet for a fourth time Sept. 28 in Eagle-Vail as a part of Battle Mountain Homecoming. In the meantime, the Huskies will host perennial league contender Steamboat Springs Thursday at 7 p.m.

“We haven’t seen them. We’ve been hanging tight in working on what we need to work on,” Nilsson said. “They had a great team last year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get them this year.”

Huskies harriers swift at Leadville

LEADVILLE – Rob Finlay and Sabrina Ste. Marie led the was for Battle Mountain cross country last weekend at the Lake County Invitational.

Finlay finished 11th out of a field of more than 100 competitors with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds. Ste. Marie paced the girls team with a time of 22:52, good for 17th place.

On the boys side, Dan Lewis and Andy Given crossed together in 41st and 42nd place. Alex Edwards took 52nd with a time of 20:18.

For the girls, Maddie McCaulley (25:27), Eryka Ewing (25:31) and Danielle Wray (26:18) all cracked the top 60.

“It was a very fast course with a tough field which included runner from the Western Slope and the Front Range,” Huskies coach Kelli Witter-Bresler said. “I’m proud of our runners. Even at an extra 2,000 feet in elevation, we raced extremely well, exceeding my expectations and, in some cases, surprising themselves.”

The Huskies’ next meet is at Steamboat Springs Saturday. The first race is set for 9:30 a.m.

Huskies top Moffat

CRAIG – Two goals from Juan Barragan and a marker from Rau Chavarria lifted Battle Mountain soccer to a 3-2 win over Moffat County in the Huskies’ league opener Tuesday.

Battle Mountain hosts Palisade Saturday at 11 a.m. in Eagle-Vail. For more details on Battle Mountain’s win, see Thursday’s Vail Daily.

Chris Freud is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or

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