Montrose edges by Huskies in five in Eagle-Vail finale
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Battle Mountain volleyball opened 2008 by taking down Montrose on its home court in five games, so the Indians were more than happy to return the favor Thursday in Eagle-Vail.
Montrose, ranked No. 9 in 4A by The Denver Post, slipped by the Huskies, 24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10 in the season-opener for both teams.
“That’s a great first match of the season, to go five like that and just the back-and-forth,” Indians coach Shane Forrest said. “Obviously, both teams had the first-match jitters. It was just a matter of who was going to make the fewest errors.”
At times both teams looked very much like squads playing their match of the season, yet both the Indians and Huskies showed flashes of their potential.
“We’re a fighting team,” said Lara Bossow, who was making her coaching debut for the Huskies. I heard that they were ranked eighth or ninth in the state. I thought they played great. I think we could have played better. I thought we fought. We were a little bit turbulent.”
Said turbulence was on display especially in the third game when the Huskies had four serving errors in just over one rotation through the Huskies’ lineup. Battle Mountain managed to win the tight game, 25-23, despite those miscues.
Montrose committed what could have been the biggest error of the match in the fourth game by serving out of rotation. The Indians took a 7-1 lead in that game, but Bossow wisely called a timeout to point out the wrong rotation. After conferring, the referees correctly took Montrose’s points off the board, resetting the score at 2-2.
Though the Indians were shaken by the turn of events, they rallied to force a fifth game.
“To overcome that and say, ‘No big deal,’ that was really nice to see,” Forrest said. “There were a couple of serves after that where I was a little worried. We recovered well, so I was really proud of our effort.”
One of Battle Mountain’s biggest concerns coming into the season was lack of size. Traditionally, the Huskies are not a big team and 2009 is no exception. The Indians featured Courtney Geesing and Kelsie Dardis who did inflict some damage, but Bossow was pleased with her team’s effort.
“I don’t really think their size affected us a whole lot,” Bossow said. “I think we play bigger than we actually are, which is a good thing. I do think because we’re littler we have to play a smarter game. It’s a loud gym and once they get used to playing with each other, it will be fine. It’s just the first game.”
Battle Mountain (0-1) is at Rampart Tuesday, while the Indians return home to host Delta. For Battle Mountain, Thursday’s game was the finale in its old gym in Eagle-Vail. The Huskies’ next home game against Summit County Sept. 15 will be at the new campus in Edwards.
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