With eye on Battle Mountain, Devils roll Bears
GYPSUM — Yes, it’s a time-honored tradition to flush the bench against Rifle in volleyball.
But during Eagle Valley’s 25-16, 25-15, 25-10 win over the Bears on Thursday, there was another reason for many players in many places.
“Today, we just wanted to get everybody in,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “We knew Battle Mountain was here filming, so we gave them every look we could.”
Yes, it’s a new year, but the same shadowboxing between rivals continues. Eagle Valley hosts Battle Mountain on Tuesday, so why not disguise the game plan?
Keeping it simple
In fairness, some of what Eagle Valley does is pretty simple. Becy Glutova hits the ball really hard. Emma Lasse hits the ball really hard. The Devils are still a very good team coming off a state appearance last fall.
“We go game-by-game,” Glutova said. “For Rifle, we were super-excited to play and we’re so excited for Battle Mountain. We’re playing a lot better now that we’re having fun and trusting each other more.”
The Devils went 1-3 at the Regis Jam Tournament last weekend. Part of the whole reason Eagle Valley does that annual gathering is to get a look at better competition. The Devils struggled with the block down in Denver, and it looked better on Thursday, albeit against the Bears, who are not the best the Slope has to offer.
Everyone Playing Everywhere
By Game 3 against Rifle, everyone was playing everywhere. Brianna Lopez took over at libero. Kaitlyn Greear and Sophia Rinh were serving up rallies. Shelbi Lubbers, not so much a surprise, was pounding them down and Glotuva served up eight straight points, with kills from Rinh.
The Devils swept Battle Mountain last season — everyone in every sport remembers these results — so the Huskies will be motivated.
“Battle Mountain comes to play every time,” Rindy said. “We expect that. We’ll talk about that on Monday about keeping adrenaline in check.”
Speaking of all things Rindy, the coach is heading down to Colorado Springs for the weekend to see Coe College at the Colorado College Classic. Jaimee Rindy, Eagle Valley Class of 2015, is a middle blocker for the Kohawks.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.