Huskies win Queen of the Mountain tourney
EDWARDS — Well, that was a good week.
Battle Mountain made it so by going 5-0 and winning Saturday’s Queen of the Mountain tournament, capped by a two set win, 25-22, 26-24, over Lutheran.
That made for a 7-0 week and life just looks so much better with a record of 11-4.
“This has been a nice week for us,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We started with some internal difficulties, and the end of the week we picked up seven wins. Whatever we were carrying around, we’ve left it behind us.
“We’re a little younger than we have been in the past with some sophomores and juniors. Learning to execute to win games has been a challenge, not making those unforced errors. We had a long talk, internally, about taking care of each other.”
And if the Huskies were looking for a team effort, they got it in the championship game. Yes, there were the regular smashes from Avery Weaver and Timaree McKenny. Sarah Sullivan and Lilly DeMuth got the block up. Lillian Benway and Taylor Keep contributed to the attack. Libero Haley Frischholz was back and hitting the floor.
Aubrey Wright and Ariel Webb also had turns in the back row.
“We actually had really good momentum today,” McKenny said. “We didn’t have any slow points and we all stuck together and went through with it.”
Aside from winning its home tournament, Saturday was also a good experience for Battle Mountain to play multiple matches in a day, something that will happen come regionals.
“I think it was really good for us to get the experience,” DeMuth said. “Now we know when we go to a long day, we’ll be able to handle it.”
This was actually Battle Mountain’s second win over Lutheran on the day. They also met in pool play. The Huskies also tallied wins against Vail Christian, Aspen and Coal Ridge.
Gore Rangers finish fifth
Vail Mountain School went 3-2 on Saturday, beating Golden, while losing to Alamosa and Coal Ridge in pool play. VMS (10-5) topped rival Vail Christian, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11, and wrapped the day with a comeback against Aspen.
The Saints (6-9) went 1-4, finishing with a win against Golden.
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