Huskies thrash Bears in three games |

Huskies thrash Bears in three games

BMVB Penwill, Nicole BH 10-15 Bret Hartman/ Battle Mountain's Nicole Penwill makes a block against Rifle Saturday in Eagle-Vail. The Huskies won in three games.

EAGLE-VAIL – Battle Mountain volleyball played like it had a 3 p.m. lunch reservation Saturday against Rifle.The Huskies needed little more than an hour to dispatch Rifle, 25-5, 25-13, 25-18, in Eagle-Vail. And that’s just what the doctor ordered after a tough five-game loss at Glenwood Springs Thursday.”The good thing about a match like that is that we’re able to refocus right away and we did that yesterday,” said Huskies coach Brian Doyon, whose team’s record rose to 15-2 overall and 11-1 in the 4A Slope. “The girls came in with a great attitude in practice and it carried over to the game.”Rifle dropped to 0-17 with the loss.”I have to give all credit to them because they’re a very smooth team,” Rifle coach Geneva Farr said. “Every person on Battle Mountain can play volleyball. As in, they can all hit. They can all set. They can all dig. We have some hitters. We have some passers. The credit goes to them for being smooth. We’re just trying to work out the kinks and trying to put everything together.”

It was a game of redemption for Battle Mountain’s Sydney Nichols. After a poor performance against the Demons Thursday, Nichols ripped off 11 straight points from behind the line to give the Huskies a commanding 17-2 lead in Game 1.”That was great,” Doyon said. “It was part of our focus because we did not serve well against Glenwood. And Sydney had the most errors against Glenwood and then comes back and has the most kills, aces and serve receives. That’s awesome. That’s how you want players to bounce back. That’s a sign of a good player.”With matters firmly under control, Doyon was able to flush his bench, including playing Jennifer Thul, Annie Marcum and Alexa Corcoran.”It’s awesome,” Thul said. “It’s really fun. It helps a lot because it’s really good experience to play against (players) that are better than you. It helps to get in there and play.””It’s a big part of Battle Mountain’s program,” Doyon said. “I have to continue always to develop younger players. It’s important for them to succeed. It’s important for any coach to do that, to continue every generation to grow and be better. Next year, these kids are going to be playing at the varsity level, and they need to get the experience every chance they get. I’m glad my starters gave them the opportunity to do that.”Rifle hosts Delta at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat in a big one at the same time.

“It was kind of a slow game (against Rifle),” Huskies middle blocker Devon Abbott said. “It wasn’t the rage-filled, getting back at Glenwood game. We step back into reality in the Steamboat game.”Saints sweepCRESTED BUTTE – The Vail Christian volleyball team shook off the effects of a long bus ride and took care of business against Crested Butte, 29-27, 25-19, 25-22.For those of you counting in Edwards, the Saints are now 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the 1A Mountain League. Those are the best marks this late in the season in the program’s history.

It was the trip,” said Saints coach Cathy Alexander of the journey to meet the Titans. “They had to adjust, to be a little quicker than they thought they had to be. Crested Butte came out hard and fast. It’s was their last home game, and they had five seniors. It was tough, but they snapped right back.”Jackie Parker led the Saints with seven kills. Kristin McGinty had three blocks, and Britni Beagley was tops with eight assists.Next up on the hit parade for the Saints is Vail Mountain at The Garven in East Vail at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.”They’re psyched and ready to play,” Alexander said. “They’re confident. We’re in a good run as far as playing as a team. We’re confident we can step on the floor and hang with VMS.” Vai, Colorado

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