Huskies take out Tigers |

Huskies take out Tigers

Bryce Evans
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Mark FoxBattle Mountain's Hannah Ellison goes for one of her team-high seven kills in the Huskies' three-game sweep of Summit County Tuesday night in Farmer's Kormer.

FARMER’S KORNER, Colorado ” A strong start to a match can help build confidence, Tigers head volleyball coach Liz Hughes pointed out. Unfortunately, Summit has yet to have one.

“The (other team) starts out with a 5-1 lead every time,” Hughes said. ” … It just takes us four or five points to wake up.”

Battle Mountain High School didn’t give Summit a chance to get going Tuesday night, taking advantage of the Tigers’ slow starts in each of the match’s three sets to take a decisive win.

The Huskies bombarded the Tigers. 25-9, 25-10 and 25-12.

“They are an experienced team,” Tigers junior Jeana Holman said of Battle Mountain. “We are getting better everyday, though.”

So are the Huskies. After a rough loss to Rampart at home last week, the Huskies’ offense stepped up Tuesday night.

“It was an unbelievable bounce-back,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “They did a good job controlling their game. We got good opportunities to swing, and the girls capitalized. The offense is starting to come around.”

The match started with a flurry of points of the Huskies with juniors Erin Barker and Hannah Ellison driving the ball past the Tiger defenders.

The Tigers were able to cut the lead to 12-9 before Battle Mountain seized back the momentum, ripping off the final 13 points of the game.

Battle Mountain rolled in Game 2, taking an 18-3 lead. Three times on set point, the Tigers were able to continue the match, but a service error ended the set.

The final set was more of the same. Battle Mountain jumped off to an early lead and put the Tigers in a big hole.

Ellison and Barker continued to smash the ball through the Tigers’ defense, and

Huskies senior libero Kelsey Plath dug out anything that Summit through at her.

All in all, Battle Mountain closed out the match in less than one hour.

Ellison led the Huskies with seven kills, while Anna Padget-Shields had five and Sam Miletich four. Plath ended with 11 digs, and Barker had three of the Huskies’ nine aces.

Battle Mountain (2-1) opens league play Thursday at Palisade.

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