Huskies sweep away Greeley Central
EAGLE-VAIL – Battle Mountain started Game 2 of its match against Greeley Central with four serving errors Friday night. Compounding matters were the visiting Wildcats’ solid play and further hitting errors by the Huskies.The Wildcats were up 15-11. This has been the point when traditionally things have gotten away from Huskies volleyball.Not on this Friday night.
Crystin Rodrick slammed down one of her game-high eight kills to stop the Greeley rally. Nicole Penwill promptly stepped behind the line and reeled off nine straight points as the Huskies righted the ship on the way to a three-game sweep, (25-12, 25-20, 25-18), their second in as many nights.”I think more it’s a test of where we are in our own system,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “That’s how we have to look at it. We’re playing our system. When we were down a little bit here or there, ‘Were we able to hold things together? Were we able to stay in the system?’ And the girls did a fantastic job.””I just go back to the line and I just tell myself, ‘I’m getting this over. There’s no room for error. I’m getting this over,'” said Penwill, who led the team with seven aces. “Everyone’s trained themselves to have this mentality that we can’t let another team get on a run.”Everyone was pretty much the theme against the Wildcats. Penwill and Devon Abbott were stout in the middle defensively. Setter Britney Brown had the offense clicking with 33 assists. Sydney Nichols, Sofia Lindroth, Rodrick and Penwill were all at the ready to put the ball down.
And then there were and Sarah Simmons and Kendra Havlik in Game 3. Simmons came off the bench and contributed two key kills. Havlik, the libero, then had a jaw-dropping dig, leading to a Huskies point and a 19-16 lead in the final stanza.”That’s the great thing about the libero position and Kendra does it very well,” Doyon said. “We always have a joke: ‘Hit it to the girl in the different colored jersey because she can’t pass.’ With Kendra, that’s not true because she puts herself down (on the floor). Crystin and Kendra had some great digs tonight. That save was really good. It pumped up the team.””We have a really well rounded team and we have a lot of depth on the bench,” Penwill said. “Anyone who comes off the bench and comes into the game, we’re all totally confident that they’re going to play awesome.”Battle Mountain finished off the Wildcats just as the match had started – with contributions from up and down the roster. Rodrick served a point followed by a successful attack from Lindroth. Abbott served the next two points and Lindroth and Nichols sealed the deal with kills off Brown’s sets.
The Huskies go into Labor Day weekend with two wins over very solid 4A programs. Next up is Buena Vista on Tuesday at Eagle-Vail at 6 p.m.”Buena Vista we had a tough time with last year,” Penwill said. “Our mentality was off. I think everyone on the team is really determined and really psyched to beat them.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or via email@example.com.Vail, Colorado