Much to their relief, Huskies cruise in three |

Much to their relief, Huskies cruise in three

BMVB Erin Barker 1 DT 9-20-09

EDWARDS, Colorado – There was no fourth game Saturday against Delta, much to the pleasure of all involved with Battle Mountain volleyball.

After seeing a 2-0 lead Thursday evaporate into a 3-2 loss against Palisade, the Huskies wanted to make quick work of Delta, and they did to the tune of 25-16, 25-14, 25-15.

“Very happy not to see a fourth game today,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “I was worried about it, but we finally figured it out.”

After a postgame chat Thursday and some serious journal writing, the Huskies were on task Saturday.

“We talked about just refocusing and starting over,” said Krista Norris, who had a superb day of hitting. “Focus on the little things that help you, basics.”

As opposed to Thursday, the Huskies were free-swinging with the occasional tip at the net as opposed the opposite ratio. Also encouraging was that the passing was better and that allowed middle-blocker Hannah Ellison to get back into the flow.

“Our passing was really good today, and with our passing being good, we can set anybody,” Bossow said. “So the middles hit more with our passing game. She’s back.”

Not only was Norris a force at the net, she served up two aces in the second to give the Huskies a 10-5 lead. The aforementioned Ellison had two blocks and an attack in Battle Mountain’s next run for a 17-8 advantage.

Piper McMillin was also hot behind the line and Sammy Miletich kill finished out the middle stanza.

Battle Mountain (1-1 in the league and 2-3 overall) closed out the match efficiently. Cara Murbach, Cayla Bluhm and Miletich all helped build the lead. Jayna Horn even got in on things with an ace and Erin Barker and Ellison combined for the match-winning block.

And so the Huskies are next in action in The Biggest Game in the History of Everything (Until the next Time) when they head to Gypsum for the first meeting of the season against Eagle Valley at 6 p.m., and we’re pretty sure Bossow knows the directions.

“I think I can figure it out,” joked the Huskies coach, who was an assistant with the Devils last season. “It’s kind of confusing, but I think I can figure it out.”

Bossow’s thoughts about facing Eagle Valley mirrored those of Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weathrred.

“It’s a matter of calming them down,” Bossow said. “It’s just treating it like any other game, like it’s not a huge rivalry, even though it is. But we need to treat it like it’s any other game and go out there and play our game.”

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