Battle Mountain capsizes Rifle spikers
EAGLE-VAIL – Thirty-five assists for a Battle Mountain setter in a match is nothing new.But the name behind the sets in Saturday’s match against Rifle wasn’t the same. Alexa Corcoran, filling in for normal setter Britney Brown, had a stellar match for the Huskies in their 25-11, 25-12, 25-15 win over Rifle.The Huskies took advantage of a Rifle team that committed some passing errors to cruise in another Class 4A Western Slope League match.”My team did not show up today,” said Rifle coach Geneva Farr. “We had too many unforced errors on our side. We couldn’t get our passing going, and it starts with the pass.”And it didn’t help that Battle Mountain’s attack was quite efficient.Crystin Rodrick had 12 kills on 13 hits, followed by Sofia Lindroth (8 for 19) Devon Abbott (8 of 15) Sydney Nichols (7 of 14) and Jen Thul (3 of 7). On several kills, Battle Mountain hitters found plenty of open space.”It feels awesome to see the ball hit the floor and know that I set that for them,” Corcoran said. “(I screamed) so much, I lost my voice.”When Rifle did send a double block to the net, the Huskies tipped the ball into open space.”Tips were definitely a good spot for our team,” said Battle Mountain’s Sofia Lindroth.Rifle played scrappy defense and was able to send some unexpected bumps back over the net.”When the girls do it, they have to know why they did it and not just run into the ball,” Farr said.No matter how the balls came back over the net, the Huskies found a way to string three hits together. “We got balls coming back at us that were a little unorthodox,” Doyon said. “It would come over and we had to scramble to cover it and get a good attack off of it. We did a really good job of taking an out-of-system ball and putting it back into system.”Abbott was proficient on the defensive side of the net with a team-high seven blocks.Lindroth won nearly a game’s worth of points (19) while serving, picking up four aces. The most entertaining serve of the match came when one of Lindroth’s serves tipped the net, was bumped by a Rifle player, and then swished through the basketball net. Corcoran and Rodrick each served for 12 points.Rifle will host Delta on Tuesday.
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