Huskies volleyball makes it three Slope titles in a row
RIFLE ” It wasn’t a madhouse like Coors Field on Monday, but Battle Mountain volleyball and the Rockies have one thing in common ” they’re both league champions.
That having been said, the Huskies have a leg or two up in that department on the NL champs. The Huskies won their third straight 4A Slope title Tuesday, winning at Rifle, 25-10, 25-20, 25-14.
“It feels really good,” setter/outside hitter Alexa Corcoran said. “It’s really well-earned. We worked hard for it. It’s a new team. Everyone got to play and contribute.”
“The girls are a good example of how working hard helps you to achieve things,”
Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “These girls have had fun and developed a whole new chemistry. They’re not living up to a standard. This is a whole new thing. This one is theirs.”
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However one looks at it ” as a three-peat or a title for the Class of 2008 ” the Huskies didn’t celebrate much.
“We know we have big games coming up,” senior Jen Thul said. “Hopefully, we have a lot of the season to look forward to.”
The Huskies, 15-2 overall and 12-1 in the Slope, take on Glenwood Springs Thursday at 6 p.m., followed by 5A Doherty at 4:15 p.m on Saturday. Those games will be in Eagle-Vail as well as the District 7 Tournament Oct. 27.
Tuesday’s win clinched the Huskies’ role as host for the first step of the postseason for the third year in a row.
Mixing and matching
Battle Mountain had a little fun in its clincher. By dominating all three games, Doyon was able to switch around players, including moving setter Corcoran to outside hitter and Kori Landauer from right-side hitter to setter.
The move produced a kill from Corcoran, which doubtless turned the tide of the match.
“She has quite the vertical,” Thul said. “She had a good kill for us.”
“It was really awesome. I don’t get to attack at all,” said Corcoran, who usually dishes them up for the Battle Mountain offense. “I wait for my turn to hit, so I’ve got to take advantage. I think I’ll be the starting middle blocker next game.”
The smart money would probably be to stick with Devon Abbott who had seven kills. Hannah Ellison led the squad with 10. The Huskies also recorded 12 aces.
While Battle Mountain returns home, Rifle (0-13, 4-14) finishes the season at Eagle Valley Thursday.
“My heart just breaks for them to see if we can beat the cycle, just wanting to get that one win,” Rifle coach Geneva Farr said, fighting tears after the match. “I believe Rifle’s cycle will be around next year or the next year. It will come eventually. Every girl that has stepped on this court the last four years has bettered the program and that is the way I look at it.”
Glenwood Post-Independent Sports Editor Joelle Milholm contributed to this story.
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