Vail Valley preps wrap for Thursday
EDWARDS, Colorado – Battle Mountain volleyball’s locker room was quite quiet after Thursday’s five-set loss to Palisade.
When you lead a match 2-0 and go on to lose it, 24-26, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-7, as the Huskies did with Palisade, there is bound to be some time for reflection.
Huskies coach Lara Bossow and her staff gave the Huskies a little bit more time than usual to think on it Thursday night before their postgame talk.
“That’s the most disappointing thing. Had we lost in three, it would have been, ‘They’re a better team than us,'” Bossow said. “We’re obviously evenly-matched. We’ve got to find a way to win the third. We have to find a way to stay consistent, and we’re not there yet. We need to be by Saturday.”
Battle Mountain won a taut first game and looked very sharp in the second game. The Huskies erased an early 4-0 deficit. They got some strong serving in the form of two aces from Erin Barker to take the lead at 9-8. Piper McMillin put down an attack and then served off three points for a 17-14 lead.
Sammy Miletich put down two attacks and a kill to build that lead, and Krista Norris gave Battle Mountain a 2-0 lead.
The first two games had been close, so it wasn’t surprising to see the Bulldogs (2-0 in the Slope and 5-2 overall) rally. What was alarming for the Huskies was that their hitting got scarcer as the game went down the stretch.
“We got timid,” Bossow said. “That’s what it came down to. We were tipping all the time. It’s one thing to throw down a tip here and there. It’s never good to tip every single ball. We started playing safe. Safe volleyball is not good volleyball. Smart volleyball is good volleyball.”
Battle Mountain fell to 0-1 and 1-3 on the season. The Huskies will try to bounce back Saturday at noon – please note the time change – against Delta in Edwards.
Palisade 43, Eagle Valley 6
PALISADE – The schedule continues to grind on Eagle Valley football.
Facing a relentless first-half schedule, the Devils dropped 43-6 decision to perennial 3A Slope power Palisade Thursday night.
“We were in it for a while,” Devils coach John Ramunno said. “I think we, as a team, just need to learn how to work together, how to get everyone one doing everything right. It comes down to basics. Palisade is a physical bunch and you’ve got to be physical with them to be competitive.”
Quarterback Nick Pietrack hooked up with Patrick Knable for a 30-yard touchdown for the Devils’ touchdown.
Maxpreps.com has Olathe and Faith Christian, the Devils’ first two opponents of the season, ranked as the top-two teams in 2A. Last week’s opponent, Glenwood Springs, is the defending 3A state champions. Palisade, despite two nonconference losses to start the year, is still a power in the Slope as shown by last week’s 62-19 win at Battle Mountain.
And a week from today, Austin Hinder, already committed to UC-Berkeley, and Steamboat Springs come to Hot Stuff Stadium. The Sailors are are ranked No. 1 by Maxpreps.com and No. 3 by The Denver Post.
The Devils (0-4 this year) started 2008 0-5 with the same schedule before rallying for a 4-6 season.
“We went through this last year,” Ramunno said. “It just seemed so frustrating. A lot of the kids felt like they were a better team than this. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to improve and show that down the road.”
Devils, Huskies neck-and-neck at Lakota
NEW CASTLE – In the final tuneup for next week’s regional tournament, Eagle Valley golf edged out Battle Mountain by one stroke, 245-246, at Lakota Canyon.
The Huskies’ Cameron Brown was the top local, trying for second with a 74. Teammate Brady McDonald finished tied for seventh by carding a 79. Stephen Licciardi was the Huskies’ third scorer with a 97.
The Devils packed their golfers in between McDonald and Licciardi to edge the Huskies. Kevin Stough led his team with 80 to crack the top 10. Nick Bontempo was right behind with an 81. Austin Fahrenholtz rounded it out with an 84.
The Huskies and Devils head to Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker Golf Club for regionals. The practice round is Monday. The main event is Tuesday.
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