Huskies volleyball 2-0 in league |

Huskies volleyball 2-0 in league

Break up the Huskies.

Battle Mountain volleyball made it two in a row to start its 4A Slope slate with a 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19 victory at Rifle Tuesday night.

Not only is a 2-0 mark to start league play encouraging, but even more so was the way the Huskies came out of the gates. Sluggish starts have plagued Battle Mountain this year, but it was all-systems-go in Game 1 Tuesday.

“The girls came out with a lot of emotion and took it to Rifle,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “They kept their emotion high and their execution was fantastic. Their defensive coverage was fantastic. Nothing touched the floor. Even when Rifle started dumping balls over the net, the coverage was outstanding and the girls turned them into free balls.”

The stats bear out Battle Mountain’s defense. Senior Skylar Hand had nine solo blocks, while Jenna Tjossem had six. The duo was equally-capable on offense. Tjossem pounded 14 kills in all, while Hand had 11.

The likes of Cristyn Rodrick and Nichole Lindroth showed their teamwork skills with 22 and 17 assists, respectively. Rodrick also had four kills, as did Casey Gilbert. Amy Oliver was also part of the attack with six kills.

From the serving line, Candyce Rodrick led the team with six aces.

The win gives Battle Mountain some big-time momentum, going into Thursday’s showdown with perennial league power Steamboat Springs.

“I think it’s going to be a big help,” Doyon said. “Steamboat is a stronger team. We’ve got to keep the emotion up and keep battling like we did tonight. We were down 23-12 in the second game. Though we lost the game, we kept fighting and carried it into Game 3.”

Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat Thursday in Eagle-Vail at 6:30 p.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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