Vail Valley preps: Devils spikers down Huskies for Homecoming
GYPSUM – Yes, Eagle Valley volleyball was favored against archrival Battle Mountain. But, no, it doesn’t get old.
The Devils took the Huskies in three games, 25-17, 25-22, 28-26, Tuesday night in Gypsum for a Homecoming win. It was also Eagle Valley’s fifth-straight victory against Battle Mountain.
“It’s always fun,” Devils senior Shelby Wright said. “It’s always a new game.”
Eagle Valley (8-1 overall and 4-0 in the 4A Slope) was never in jeopardy of losing the match, but Battle Mountain gave the Devils a bit of a go in the Games 2 and 3.
“That’s kind of been our theme of the week – never give up, keep fighting, and soon enough our day will come,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “Today, we learned a lot about each other in a good way.”
And as far as Bossow’s counterpart goes, a win is a win, especially during Homecoming.
“The bottom line is we won,” Weatherred said. “Would I say that we played our best? No. Did Battle Mountain play well and push us? Yes. It’s a little bit of everything. It’s Homecoming and there are a lot of distractions. If we could do Homecoming at someone else’s place, that would be nice.”
He said that last little bit with a laugh, so he’s not being a downer. He’s just one of a legion of fall coaches who would like the event a lot more if it occurred, say, during the winter or spring sports seasons.
Eagle Valley was way too much for Battle Mountain up front. Alex Lassa was a force in the first two games, while Wright, Kelsey VanGoey and Lauren Shreeve all put down points.
Weatherred tinkered with things in the third game. Lassa didn’t set foot on the court for the final stanza and Wright was out for half of it.
“I3’ve got to get a deeper bench because you never know what’s going to happen,” Weatherred said. “It gives those girls an opportunity to prove themselves and show it when it’s on the line. When there’s going to be nobody coming in for them, they have to perform. They did. It was a tight match.”
“Right now, we’re working on a lot of combinations,” Wright said. “We’re doing a good job with however we get put out there. We’re fighting through it and trying to win every point.”
The Huskies made it so with courageous play from setter Jayna Horn who appeared to reinjure her ankle in the third game. She had to be carried off the court, but promptly returned to the game by jumping up and down on the bench to demonstrate that she was O.K.
Bossow was also playing with her lineup. Brooke White saw some time in place of regular starter Kate Manley, while Bailey Garton was in for Cayla Bluhm, who was out with the flu.
Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain (2-7, 0-4) both swing north on Saturday for their annual Route 40 swing. The Devils are at Moffat County in the morning and at Steamboat Springs in the afternoon, while the Huskies do the reverse.
“It’s a long day, but I don’t complain when I get to watch and play volleyball all day long,” Bossow said. “I don’t think these girls mind either.”
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