With no peeking allowed, Huskies slam Delta
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” There will be no looking ahead to Tuesday’s game at Eagle Valley by Battle Mountain volleyball.
First, the Huskies have Palisade for Homecoming Thursday at 6 p.m., and it is bad form to lose when the entire school is on hand. Second, Palisade stretched Eagle Valley to four games Thursday before the Devils won, 25-22,22-25, 28-26, 25-23.
That score likely caught the Huskies’ attention.
“We’re still going day-by-day with our sessions and trying to do what we can do right now,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said before that score came in. “I don’t worry more than one game down the road. We need to see what we can do Thursday. We need to get some kids healthy and in rotation and get them playing at a high level together.”
Battle Mountain tinkered and toyed with combinations Tuesday night on the way to a 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 win against Delta, setting up Thursday’s big game against, ahem, Palisade.
“It’s just trying to get them all together in practice. We had three kids out yesterday sick. We just have to get them back healthy, but we’re doing all right,” Doyon said.
The first key was that Anna Padget-Shields was on top of her game. She had 15 kills, 14 digs and served for 10 points against the Panthers.
“I’ve been having issues all season,” said Padget-Shields, who was swinging at a clip of over 50 percent Tuesday. “I’ve been improving and so I finally got up to how I was playing earlier. I got over a little hump.”
Padget-Shields ended Game 1 with a floor-scattering kill, and pretty much kept pounding them all night. While the regulars chipped in “Sammy Miletich (eight kills), Erin Barker (29 assists), Kelsey Plath (12 digs) and Hannah Ellison (seven kills) ” Doyon got a look at his bench.
Piper McMillin saw significant playing time up front and put down a few points and the Huskies student section cheered loudly when sophomore setter Jayna Horn entered.
“I’m happy (Doyon) had everyone play,” Padget-Shields said. “It helps them get experience to play when they’re older. We were enough ahead and the helped us on some plays. I had some hits off Jayna’s sets. All of them helped.”
Battle Mountain upped its overall record to 10-2 with the win and is 7-1 in the Slope as Tuesday’s showdown in Gypsum looms. But Palisade remains first on the “to-do” list.
“It should be a challenging match with Palisade,” Doyon said. “They’ve been playing well. Hopefully, we come in and elevate our game. It should be a tough match. It should be a lot of fun.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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