Huskies sweep Glenwood
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Battle Mountain moved one step closer to the District 8 playoffs Thursday night, with a three game sweep of the Glenwood Springs Demons, 25-19, 25-20, 25-16.
With their spot already secured, the Huskies were able to move some players around in order to prepare themselves for the postseason.
“We are trying to get some players used to hitting in different spots so we can vary our attack come districts,” Battle Mountain head coach Brian Doyon said. ‘We just wanted to make sure we had some decent ball control, that was really our focus tonight. Earning a lot of points off our serve was key.”
Meanwhile, it was a bittersweet night for the Demons as they played their final home game of the season, thus saying goodbye to five seniors: Kelly Lawson, Morgan Dominguez, Toni Gottschalck, Hannah Thimsen and Tarra Lawrence.
Each meant a great deal to the team and as head coach Sean Lively stated afterwards, will be missed greatly next year.
“You know what, we’ve had a rough season but we’ve also had a great season,” Lively said. “One thing I can say about my team is that when it comes to the game they play hard and they play their hearts out.
“And I love my team. I wouldn’t trade them for anything no matter how great or bad a season we have. For me, I’m just proud of them.”
Despite the shifting of positions, Battle Mountain (9-2 league, 13-4 overall) controlled the net with 37 kills to the Demons’ eight blocks. On the other hand, the Demons managed just 20 kills against six blocks. The Huskies also had 42 points off serve, another show of efficient play throughout the match.
The first game began as Battle Mountain edged out to an early 5-4 lead. It would be a close game all the way to the end, but the upfront play of Hannah Ellison (10 kills and two aces) and Anna Padget-Shields (11 kills and two aces) really began to wear the Demons down. The Huskies pulled away from a 20-18 lead, to win 25-19.
The next game was even tighter. Glenwood Springs (4-7, 5-11) held the advantage for the majority of the game, yet the Huskies stayed close and eventually ” after being down by as many as four points ” pulled away from an 18 all score to win 25-20.
Game 3 wasn’t as tight, and before long Battle Mountain had secured the victory.
Battle Mountain has its own Senior Day Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts Rifle.
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