Vail Valley preps wrap for Tuesday
EDWARDS – Welcome to the second half, ladies.
After being in matches against 4A Slope opponents and coming up short, Battle Mountain volleyball notched its first league win of the season, defeating Glenwood Springs in four games, 25-13, 9-25, 25-11, 25-21, Tuesday night in Edwards.
“We started our losing streak with Glenwood and we ended it with them,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said.
“It huge. It’s something where I told the girls to take this feeling and bottle it up. From now on every time we play, we open up that bottle and drop a little bit of that out on the court.”
LaRose Currie and Krista Norris each had 14 kills. Currie had nine digs, while Norris had eight. Jayna Horn racked up 30 assists at setter.
Battle Mountain, 1-6 in the Slope, is at Palisade Thursday after next.
Grand Junction Central 3, Eagle Valley 0
GRAND JUNCTION – Eagle Valley volleyball saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night at the hands of 5A Grand Junction in a three-game sweep.
“Hopefully, that’s a wake-up call,” Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. “If we want to be as good as we want to be, we have to have that drive and play at that level.”
Eagle Valley (10-2) hosts Glenwood Spring Saturday at 1 p.m.
Basalt 3, Vail Mountain 2
BASALT – Vail Mountain School volleyball gave 3A Basalt all it could handle Tuesday night in a 25-13, 24-26, 18-25, 25-20, 15-6 loss, which lasted nearly two hours.
In the second game, the 2A Gore Rangers were down 12-2, and rallied to win the set.
The Gore Rangers scored eight of the next nine points to pull to within three at 13-10. Later, they struck with five straight – highlighted by Kristina Bock’s powerful kill that went through two defenders – to pull to within two at 19-17.
They squared the match after consecutive Longhorns lifts.
VMS fought off a game point, then capitalized on two errant Basalt digs to win, 26-24, and pull even.
The Gore Rangers blew open a tight Game 3 with an 8-2 run to take a 2-1 lead.
“I was pleased with our response,” Gore Rangers head coach Mike Garvey said. “We even got in the driver’s seat. … Unfortunately, in those last two games we didn’t execute.”
The two sides shared the lead four times early in Game 4, then the Longhorns all but put things out of reach with a timely seven-point run, giving them a 20-12 cushion. VMS made things interesting, pulling to within four at 24-20 before falling.
Basalt pulled away in Game 5. They opened with six consecutive points against a visibly fatigued Gore Rangers side. VMS could pull no closer than four the rest of the way.
Vail Mountain is at Plateau Valley Friday.
— Aspen Times reporter Jon Maletz contributed to this report
Battle Mountain 5, Palisade 1
PALISADE – Battle Mountain soccer raised its league record to 6-1 Tuesday with a 5-1 win at Palisade.
Andreas Calabrese and Sean Armitage got their first varsity goals, while Alex Trujillo, Cody Hervert and Sergio Sifuentes all found the back of the next.
The Huskies (8-2 overall) are at Moffat County for a much-anticipated game Thursday.
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