Huskies volleyball wins wild one
EAGLE-VAIL – For a moment, it seemed like the animals had overpowered the humans at Battle Mountain Saturday when Huskies volleyball beat Delta in three games – 34-32, 29-27, 25-17 – for Homecoming.
Battle Mountain’s gymnasium bumped “Jungle Boogie” as Huskies volleyball galloped across the hardwood floor, wearing animal masks, neon-green, game shorts and knee-high socks patterned after the hides of zebras, tigers and, the always popular, leopards.
“I think we were really pumped for this game because of the outfits, and we came out with a lot of intensity,” said Huskies’ Jenna Tjossem. “We were excited to be here, and we were excited to play today.”
Battle Mountain senior Amy Oliver led the Huskies on a 4-0 run from behind the service line, to give Battle Mountain an early 9-4 lead.
An ace from Nichole Lindroth and a monster kill from Crystin Rodrick boosted Battle Mountain’s lead, 16-9.
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Huskies senior Skylar Hand had three blocks in the same point to put Battle Mountain up, 21-12.
But, Delta’s Jenny Perkins took the Panthers on a 4-0 run, and, due to some errant-kill attempts and long serves, the Panthers found themselves leading the game, 24-23.
Battle Mountain took the next two points – the latter on an unreturnable serve from Hand – and forced Delta to call a timeout.
Although the Huskies clearly dominated the volley points, The Panthers stayed in the game because of errant, Battle Mountain serves.
Girls tumbled everywhere, fighting for every point, and Oliver finally put the Panthers away with a game-winning kill. Huskies won, 34-32.
“It was exhilarating. Delta put up a good fight, but we just played better,” said Hand. “We deserved the win more, and we got it.”
In the second game, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead and maintained it until they scored their 23rd point.
Tjossem had a couple of kills and Candyce Rodrick had a couple of kills along with some service points to shoot Battle Mountain ahead, 25-24.
Oliver hit another game-winning kill to give the Huskies the victory in the second game, 29-27.
“I think when we let them back into the first game, it gave them hope, and set them up for the second game,” said Battle Mountain coach Brian Doyon. “They jumped ahead, and forced us to come back in game 2.”
The Huskies led for the entirety of the third game. When Delta showed signs of making a first-game-like comeback – the Panthers brought themselves to within three – Battle Mountain scored the next five points to win the match.
“Our front row outplayed them, especially at key points in the game,” said Doyon.
Tjossem led Battle Mountain’s offense with nine kills. Oliver and Hand had six kills apiece, and Crystin Rodrick added five.
Oliver had three aces, and five points on serves, which is nearly perfect.
“Crystin and Nichole had awesome setting. we were clean across the board,” said Doyon. “Everyone helped out quite a bit.”
The Huskies host Glenwood Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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