Vail Valley preps: Huskies spikers fall to Palisade in three
EDWARDS – The theme for Battle Mountain’s Homecoming is fire and ice.
It’s apropos for Huskies volleyball who came out for their match against Palisade Thursday in ice-blue shorts and socks decorated with flames.
The theme could also describe Battle Mountain’s play in 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 loss, where there were flashes of play that brought the crowd to its feet, but just enough mistakes to leave the Huskies on the wrong side of the ledger.
“The first two games, we were executing 98 percent of the time, and playing a team like Palisade you need to execute 100 percent of the time,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “I thought we were fighting. I thought we were playing hard all the way through. Sometimes, things don’t go your way.”
In those first two games, Battle Mountain looked better than its 2-5 record. Krista Norris definitely can still hit. In particular, she sent some blistering kills down the left side of the court.
Norris had company from LaRose Currie, and the Battle Mountain student section was only happy to remind everyone, “She’s a freshman” after successful attacks. Cayla Bluhm served nine straight points picking on Palisade’s Chelsea Wells repeatedly, giving the Huskies a an 11-9 lead in the first game.
“Something we try to do is see how a kid can handle getting served at and then have to hit,” Bossow said. “They get a little tired, a little frustrated.”
And then there was setter Jayna Horn who was hustling all over the court, including going twice into the scorer’s table, to get loose balls.
Battle Mountain was tied at 18 with the Bulldogs in the first game and as tight as 22-20 in the second, but could find that small run to finish a game. A serving error here and a hitting error there consigned Battle Mountain to its second league loss of the young season.
Chalk it up to the team’s rare mix of seniors and freshmen.
“We’re doing a lot of team building. We do have a huge discrepancy. We have old and young. We do not have between,” Bossow said. “Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids to relate. I see them as in high school. Four years isn’t that much. That is getting better. Trust is a big component of our team.”
There is lots of season ahead, starting with Delta on Saturday, to build those connections.
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