Vail Valley preps wrap for Thursday
DELTA – Eagle Valley was barely back on the bus in Delta before the Lady Devils started thinking about Saturday’s Homecoming match, a showdown for the league lead against rival Palisade.
The varsity match starts at 1 p.m. and fans are asked to wear red.
“We’re calling it ‘Light the Fire,'” said Eagle Valley coach Shawn Weatherred.
Speaking of fire, the Devils lit up Delta, winning in four sets.
Eagle Valley strode into Delta’s gym after a three-hour bus ride and got straight down to business.
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“After a three hour bus ride you’re ready to go,” Weatherred said.
Delta is scrappy and hard to beat at home, Weatherred said.
The Devils won the first two sets, then stumbled, losing the third. They rallied and put the match away with a win in the fourth set.
“I didn’t fiddle with the lineup much in that third set. We just played straightforward out of respect for Delta and what they do,” Weatherred said. “It’s a league game and we have to take these seriously.”
Eagle Valley libero Haley Hutton threw her body around the back row like it belonged to someone else, and helped pick the Devils up just when they needed it.
“She played with reckless abandon and made a couple amazing plays in the back row,” Weatherred said.
Maddy McGinty played strong at the net and in the back row, and Alex Lassa led the way as a senior should, Weatherred said.
Eagle Valley improves to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league.
Devils soccer blanked by Montrose
MONTROSE – Eagle Valley’s soccer team traveled to Montrose, dropping a 6-0 loss.
You learn from losses, as well as victories and this one was packed full of data, said Devils coach Jason Rittmiller.
Consolidating solid individual performances into team play is the order of business for the next several practices.
“We know what we need to do,” Rittmiller said. “We’re a bunch of talented players who are becoming a team and that takes work.”
The loss to Montrose was not a league game. Eagle Valley is off this weekend. The Devils play Moffat County next week.
Huskies fall to Palisade
PALISADE – Battle Mountain’s young volleyball team is getting better every time they step on the floor, says coach Jason Fitzgerald, and took big strides Thursday against Palisade.
The Huskies took Bulldogs for four games in Palisade’s home gym, a tough place to play, Fitzgerald said.
“We began executing our system much better. They made vast improvement over our last outing,” Fitzgerald said.
Palisade won the first two games, 25-15 and 25-23.
Battle Mountain rallied for a win in the third, 25-23, but dropped the fourth 25-18.
Fitzgerald had high praise for his young team, especially LaRose Curry who played well despite being asked to play out of position, and freshman Mackenzie Allison, who may have earned a spot in the Huskies starting lineup.
Battle Mountain travels to Delta Saturday, then hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday for their cross-county showdown.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.