Demons fall in three to Battle Mountain
EAGLE-VAIL – It was a familiar-looking match for Scott Nykerk’s Demons Thursday. After a slow start against a solid Battle Mountain team, Glenwood volleyball hung around for a bit, but came up short in a 25-11, 25-21, 25-21 loss in Eagle-Vail at the Huskies’ Homecoming.”It was our usual,” Demons coach Scott Nykerk said. “We played pretty tough against tough teams, just not quite enough to win.”The Huskies, meanwhile, never took the Demons lightly.”Glenwood is still a big rival of ours,” said Battle Mountain’s Jennifer Thul. “Even when we played them earlier this season, we beat them in three games, and it was more of a challenging game, so I think they are eager to beat us, and we know that, so we have to play our best against them always.”
The Huskies brought their best early Thursday, dominating the first game in which they did just about everything right.”We had a pretty good warmup and we were excited to play well,” Thul said. “It was our last game and we’ve been working all season on these things and it finally came together in that game.”Glenwood adjusted a bit and picked up some momentum, but Battle Mountain kept pushing forward.The Huskies trailed for parts of the final game, but earned back points and capitalized off Glenwood service errors.”When you are up and have momentum, that will kill you,” Nykerk said.”We’re been consistently able to fight back and stay controlled and calm in our game,” Doyon said.
Thul led the Huskies with seven kills, one ahead of former Demons hitter Annalisa Padget.”I’m glad she moved here,” Thul said of Padget, who has been a great addition to the Huskies.While the home crowd made a big deal of the Padget acquisition, it’s a non-issue for Nykerk.”She plays here and she’s not a part of our team anymore,” he said.Glenwood saw outsider hitter Chelsea Vallario pick up several nice kills as the match progressed.
“She’s our big swinger and our leading killer every match,” Nykerk said. “She had a rough start, and then she picked it up and in the next two and swung well.”But Vallario and the other Glenwood hitters had trouble solving a fortuitous Battle Mountain block, led by Hannah Ellison and Devon Abbott, who each had seven.”We’re doing much better at setting up a block and reading,” Doyon said.With the win, Battle Mountain moves to 15-2 overall and finishes league at 13-1. Saturday, the Huskies host 5A Doherty to close out the regular season.Glenwood falls to 5-8 and closes out the season at home against Eagle Valley Saturday.”We’ll take this into Saturday. We play a team we should beat and if you play at that level and do it consistently, we should be fine,” Nykerk said.
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