Glenwood spikers fall to Huskies on emotional senior night
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Battle Mountain moved one step closer to its District 8 playoffs Thursday night, with a three game sweep of the Glenwood Springs Demons (25-19, 25-20, 25-16).
With their spot already secured, the Huskies were able to move some players around in order to prepare themselves for the postseason.
“We are trying to get some players used to hitting in different spots so we can vary our attack come districts,” Battle Mountain head coach Brian Doyon stated. ‘We just wanted to make sure we had some decent ball control, that was really our focus tonight. Earning a lot of points off our serve was key.”
Meanwhile, it was a bittersweet night for the Demons as they played their final home game of the season, thus saying goodbye to five seniors: Kelly Lawson, Morgan Dominguez, Toni Gottschalck, Hannah Thimsen and Tarra Lawrence.
Each meant a great deal to the team and, as head coach Sean Lively stated afterwards, will be missed greatly next year.
“You know what, we’ve had a rough season but we’ve also had a great season,” Lively revealed. “One thing I can say about my team is that when it comes to the game they play hard and they play their hearts out.
“And I love my team. I wouldn’t trade them for anything no matter how great or bad a season we have. For me, I’m just proud of them.”
Despite the shifting of positions, Battle Mountain (9-2 league, 12-4 overall) controlled the net with 37 kills to the Demons’ eight blocks. On the other hand, the Demons managed just 20 kills against six blocks. The Huskies also had 42 points off serve, another show of efficient play throughout the match.
The first game began as Battle Mountain edged out to an early 5-4 lead. It would be a close game all the way to the end, but the upfront play of Hannah Ellison (10 kills and two aces) and Anna Padget (11 kills and two aces) really began to wear the Demons down. The Huskies pulled away from a 20-18 lead, to win 25-19.
The next game was even tighter. Glenwood Springs (4-7, 5-11) held the advantage for the majority of the game, yet the Huskies stayed close and eventually ” after being down by as many as four points ” pulled away from an 18-all score to win 25-20.
Game three wasn’t as tight, and before long Battle Mountain had secured the victory.
After the final whistle was blown, the Demons jogged to the net and congratulated their opponent, but their minds were elsewhere. The team gathered around coach Lively and within seconds the tears were flowing. It was really an emotional night for a group of girls who have worked hard all season and held their heads high after each game despite not having the wins to show for it.
Leading the way for the Demons on the emotional night was junior Taryn Pearce with five kills, Gottschalck with four kills and three aces and Lawson added four kills, two aces and a block.
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