Huskies volleyball loses dog fight
EAGLE-VAIL – Huskies and Bulldogs went at each other’s necks, evenly-matched, Saturday at the Battle Mountain gymnasium. Moffat County stole the Huskies’ home finale in three games – 25-22, 25-19, 25-20.
The Huskies’ played close throughout the match, but lost most of the key points at the ends of the games.
“It was a tough loss, but the girls played with pride,” said Battle Mountain coach Brian Doyon. “Every game was really tight, but we couldn’t pull out the closing points.”
The two teams played to a 15-15 tie in the first game, when the Bulldogs went on a 5-1 run, highlighted by a series of kills by Moffat County’s Brandi Telfer.
The Huskies fought back to tie the game at 22, but the Bulldogs took the next three points and the game, 25-22.
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Huskies seniors Skylar Hand and Amy Oliver were largely responsible for Battle Mountain’s 9-3 lead early in the second game.
Jodi Fleishman and outside hitter Maggie Sheahan also provided senior leadership on the floor for the Huskies.
“It’s been great working with the four seniors. They’ve put so much time and energy into this team,” said Doyon. “I’ve seen them step up and compete with teams that were out of our league last year. It’s been a great improvement.”
However, Moffat County retaliated with a slew of kills from Bulldogs’ Brittany Hutton to take a 21-16 lead.
Battle Mountain’s Meagan Reigel led a charge with some big blocks, diminishing the Bulldogs’ lead to 22-19.
Moffat County proceeded to win the next three points, the last on a weak, floating ace – reminiscent of baseball’s “Ephus” pitch – from Bulldogs’ Natalie Field.
“Our two setters, Crystin (Rodrick) and Nichole (Lindroth), did a good job running a new offense we just put into effect this week,” said Doyon. “All the hitters played good games, but the setters were running a completely new offense.”
The Huskies found themselves in a hole in the third game, but they tied it up at 18 after clutch blocks from Jenna Tjossem and Crystin Rodrick.
The Huskies took a 20-19 lead after a Tjossem rocketed a kill into a Moffat County wall, but the Bulldogs won the final six points and the match.
“We’ll be preparing for districts this week. We’ll be facing some of the hardest teams in the state, so we have to work on pulling out the tough points at the end,” said Doyon.
Battle Mountain volleyball plays its first district game Saturday at 8:30 a.m. – the venue and competition will be announced later this week.
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