Rams take Huskies in three
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” The world did not come to an end, but a pretty rare thing happened Tuesday at Battle Mountain’s Dog Pound.
Huskies volleyball lost its first home match since 2004, falling to Rampart, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, 25-19, 25-18, 25-10. This was due to happen, and came at the hands of a worthy opponent, but as Rams coach Keith Barnett said, “Wow, that’s a pretty long streak.”
“No big deal,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “We can’t control outcomes of the game. We can control our side of the court, but we can’t control outside factors.”
The Huskies, who in recent years haven’t shied away for strong non-league play, ran into Rampart, which was hoping to break into the win column after a season-opening loss at Cheyenne Mountain.
“It’s really nice. It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Rams setter Alex Tanner said. “We were low after Cheyenne Mountain, and now, we’ve won so that’s good.”
Tanner had plenty of options in setting up her front row on the way to 25 assists. Nikki Kinzer slammed down 10 kills in 21 attempts. Lauren Yoder and Jenni Cook had five each, while Heather Sanders racked up four.
“Just playing as a team,” Barnett said. “It’s the team concept. We were playing our system and getting better at it. Our personnel has changed from last year, and luckily, we have great athletes and we were able to do it.”
For the 4A Huskies, a loss to a 5A school should not be a cause for crisis. Battle Mountain (1-1) started the season last week with a win at Montrose, a 4A state-qualifier last season.
Battle Mountain is using its nonleague slate to adjust to a new system. Doyon said after the game he was pleased with the play of his defense, but wants to see the offense step up more.
One bright spot was the play of freshman Samantha Miletich, who led Battle Mountain with nine kills.
“Rampart’s a good team,” Doyon said. “The first two games, we played well. We had two gaps where we let them in during both games. They had runs where we couldn’t stop them primarily off our errors. We clean up those errors and we play with them. That’s easier said than done.”
The Huskies, however, have a week off to iron out the kinks. Battle Mountain is next in action Tuesday against Summit County in Eagle-Vail at 6:30 p.m. Rampart is home against Highlands Ranch on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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