Huskies take Summit to the edge
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain stretched the Summit County almost to the limit, but fell to the Tigers in volleyball action.
Battle Mountain dropped the first two games, won the third and took Summit to the edge in the deciding fourth game.
Battle Mountain rallied in the middle of each game, and jumped off to a big lead in the fourth before Summit put the match away.
“We’ve been working on fighting and playing hard, and being tough,” said Liz Hughes, Summit’s coach. “They were aggressive in those first two games, then we got a little spooked, but they battled back. I’m so proud of my players.”
It was especially sweet for Hughes.
“It’s the first time in my career to beat Battle Mountain,” she said.
Battle Mountain coach Jason Fitzgerald had high praise for Summit, as well as his Huskies.
“Summit wan consistent and steady, and played almost error free, and that made it difficult for us,” he said.
Still, his young Huskies are headed in the right direction.
“We played better than we have in our last two matches, and we get better every time we step on the floor,” Fitzgerald said.
Battle Mountain fell behind 17-8 in the opener and rallied back to 22-17 on strong serving and forcing Summit into several errors, but fell 25-17.
The second game saw Battle Mountain rally again in the middle, closing to 19-15. Eventually, though, Summit won 25-17.
The third game, well, that was more like it. Battle Mountain fell behind early, 6-3, then rally for a 7-6 lead. It was enough to spur Summit coach Liz Hughes to call her first time out.
Leading 11-10, Mackenzie Ellison drilled a kill, Lindsey Huttrer, Ellison popped a seeing-eye dink, and Battle Mountain was up 15-10.
Summit’s Lisa Evans dropped in a couple serves and the Tigers climbed back to within two at 15-13.
LaRose Currie pounded home a kill when she nailed a Summit miscue that was hovering above the net like a satellite to make it 18-16 Huskies.
Summit’s Sara Metzger blocked two Huskies kills, but the second landed out of bounds for a 20-18 Battle Mountain lead.
Battle Mountain’s Brooke White was good for a block, Bellm for a dig and Carly Cook followed with a couple serves for a 22-18 Husky lead.
Ellison’s kill made it game point for Battle Mountain at 24-19.
Currie served the winner, 25-19, and Battle Mountain made it two games to one.
Battle Mountain jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the fourth game, then 13-8.
After Summit battled back to tie it 14-14, Currie and Brooke White teamed up on a block to make it 17-14 Battle Mountain.
Then it was Summit’s turn to turn it around as they rallied for a 22-20 lead.
A nifty dink by Ellison and a backhanded dink by Haley Carty tied it at 22-22. Ellison added a kill to put Battle Mountain back on top 23-22.
But Summit had the last word and Metzger’s kill gave them the win, 25-23, and the match.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.