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Huskies sweep Delta

Shauna Farnell
JPG 008 Nicole Penwill (10) goes up for a block while Jenna Tjossem (1) covers her
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EAGLE-VAIL – Three is a much rounder number than five, and Battle Mountain volleyball will trade in five for three any day when it’s on the high end of the game.The Huskies nabbed their first in-league, three-game win Saturday when they swept Delta 25-19, 25-18 and 25-15.”We let them back in the game a couple of times, but it was nothing overly critical,” said Huskies coach Brian Doyon. “After coming off a tough loss at Palisade and after having not-great practices this week, they came out and played real hard. I was really happy with the way the girls played. They completed all the goals we talked about as far as meeting expectations.”Some of those expectations included seeing a lead through to the finish. Until Saturday, the Huskies had the tendency to take an early lead but then slip into a lull. There were no such lulls against Delta.

“One of our goals was to finish the game because we keep going to five, so we definitely accomplished that,” said Sydney Nichols, who was at the forefront for blocks with her net game Saturday. “I think we were really motivated. We had a big discussion about what the team could do to step up, and today we showed that we could do it.”A three-game match brimming with energy was also the perfect formula to restore lost nerve.”My confidence was kind of shaken, but now it feels a lot better,” Nichols said. Doyon named Nicole Penwill and Crystin Rodrick as two of the most vital players in Saturday’s triumph.

Penwill led the team in settling down and controlling the ball, and Rodrick was the firing squad with her token, running-in-air, left-handed spikes, the power of which put Delta on the floor multiple times Saturday.”She’s got good ups,” Doyon said of Rodrick. “The first time that ball hit the floor, the (Delta) girls looked at each other and sort of said, ‘Uh-oh.'”The Huskies have been practicing channeling their power, and it appeared to have paid off Saturday.”The whole time, we wanted to keep our energy up,” said Nichole Lindroth, who had a significant sequence of perfect sets and also a nice run of serving aces.



“We practiced differently before the game, and it was working out. We had more energy today, which we really want to keep up.”Not once did the Huskies’ energy appear to unravel into directionlessness. Almost every time a shot was blocked, the team collected and regained control of the game.”They did a fantastic job connecting to the ball,” Doyon said. “The other goal we had is having our team come together with some sort of energy, drive and spirit. We saw that out. They were excited. They were pumped.”The Huskies are next in action against Steamboat at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home.Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or sfarnell@vaildaily.com.


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