Vail Valley preps: Huskies spikers notch their ﬁrst win
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Battle Mountain volleyball wasn’t letting this one slip away.
The Huskies dominated Game 1 against Summit County, taking a 17-7 lead, and won the next stanza for a 2-0 advantage before the Tigers made it a match.
But the serving prowess of the Huskies – and some unforced errors by the Tigers – gave Battle Mountain its first win of the season, 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-4, Thursday night in Farmer’s Korner.
“I think they’re really growing in their positions. They’re figuring it out,” Summit head coach Liz Hughes said of her team, which returned only three players from a year ago. “That last (game), it was total mayhem. They weren’t in their positions, they were hitting at balls they shouldn’t have been swinging at. That fifth game was just chaotic.”
For the Huskies, though, it was just what they needed to finish off a match that seemed to be well in hand after two games.
“We started out great, playing our game. Our serves were unbelievable. I’m not sure where that came from,” Battle Mountain coach Lara Bossow said. “We just weren’t rattled.”
The Tigers were, at least early on.
After being blown out in the first game, the Tigers stayed within striking distance through the second. And when sophomore Anna Zangari slid a shot into a gap in the Huskies defense, Summit had the game tied, 21-21.
But a cross-court hit by Battle Mountain’s Krista Norris stopped Summit’s momentum, and the Huskies closed out the second with another kill from Norris.
Then the Tigers made their charge.
“Game 3, Summit turned it on,” Bossow said. “Katie Johnson started really hitting the ball.”
After sophomore Charlotte Truesdell served five straight points to give Summit a 9-2 lead, the Tigers had control of the third game.
When the Huskies started to come back a bit, Johnson, the Tigers’ lone senior in the lineup, smashed a kill cross court for a 19-15 lead. Johnson added another kill late in the game, and Tigers junior Noelle Herrick served up an ace for the 25-17 win.
Game 4 was much of the same for Summit, except with its defense leading the way. Libero Kim Snyder dug out a number of would-be kills for the Tigers, keeping the play alive and letting the Tigers offense attack.
Although Battle Mountain closed the gap at 22-21 late in the game, Summit responded with kills from Sara Metzger and Herrick to force the fifth game.
“We have a lot of determination; we weren’t going to give up,” Snyder said. “We just want to win.”
Game 5, however, belonged to the Huskies.
Summit had three straight service errors starting out, and Battle Mountain’s Kholi Jewkes hit two aces to close out the win.
“I told them in the fifth game that it was their time to perform,” Bossow said. “They’re good under pressure. That’s what they did.”
Battle Mountain (1-2) has its home opener tonight against Denver Christian.