Thursday’s volleyball and soccer wrap
ASPEN — The magical, mystery tour that is Eagle Valley volleyball continues, and it does so with wins.
The Devils took out Aspen, 25-22, 25-12, 25-11, down in Pitkin County on Thursday night for their sixth victory in a row. The last time Eagle Valley lost was on Sept. 20.
This is brought up not to rub salt in the wound. It’s just that Eagle Valley (13-4) gets a chance to avenge the losses of that week in September, starting with a road trip to Steamboat Springs today. And, the Devils just happen to be at Battle Mountain on Thursday. These dates have been circled on the calendar for a while now.
“We’ve been working a lot on mental toughness and being able to stay calm under pressure,” Devils coach Lindsey Myers said. “We know that (Steamboat) is going to come out hard, and we’ve had a week of travel. We have to come out strong against them.”
An interesting note — the Devils have not gone with light practices during this travel-a-thon — they were at Delta on Tuesday,
“We’ve still been pushing through practice, working on playing through hard situations and becoming better athletes,” Myers said.
Huskies sweep Bears
RIFLE — Battle Mountain volleyball dispatched Rifle, 25-13, 25-13, 25-10, on Thursday night.
And like its nomadic rival, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain (16-1 overall and 8-0 in the Slope) has the gauntlet upcoming — at Steamboat on Tuesday and the Devils themselves in Edwards on Thursday.
With the Huskies nursing injuries to setter Maddie Perkins and middle-hitter Emily Clinton, Battle Mountain used this game to continue to work in Haley Frischholz and Jessica Sullivan. Freshman Lilly DeMuth also got playing time.
Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said Perkins is still a ways out from returning but that Clinton could be back for Steamboat and definitely for Eagle Valley.
“We’re rallying as a team and a program,” he said. “We’ve got people coming off the bench and contributing. It’s a real team effort.”
OAK CREEK — Vail Christian volleyball maintained its lead in the 2A Slope’s Northern Division with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-8 win at Soroco on Thursday night.
The Saints (11-5, 8-1) held serve as they battle North Park (9-2 in the league) for first place.
Bianca Valenzuela had a big night with nine aces and 18 digs, both team highs.
The Saints will play at DeBeque today.
Summit clinches Slope
FARMER’S KORNER — Summit County soccer made it official, clinching the 4A Slope with a 2-0 win over Eagle Valley on Thursday night.
The host Tigers got two goals during the final 10 minutes to end Battle Mountain’s four-year run atop the league.
As for Eagle Valley, which beat those same Huskies on Saturday, the Devils gave the Tigers a run for their money.
“We held with them,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “We created chances. As I told the boys, anybody could have won this game. That’s how it goes in this sport.”
Eagle Valley (5-7-1, 4-5-1) hosts Steamboat Springs at Hot Stuff on Tuesday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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