Huskies hold off Demons in volleyball
EDWARDS, Colorado – Battle Mountain’s volleyball team held off a Glenwood team that kept coming with everything but earth-moving equipment for a Huskies’ Homecoming win.
Battle Mountain coach Jason Fitzgerald spent 10 years in Michigan and 10 in Santa Barbara, Calif., places where homecoming was strictly a football affair.
“This is treat for all the athletes to celebrate homecoming,” Fitzgerald said.
“We win with pride and we lose with pride and grace. We have a great group of players and we keep improving,” said Sarah Ryan, Glenwood’s coach.
Collin Idzikowski, Battle Mountain musician, cross country runner and student, opened the match when he ripped up the national anthem. From there, the music just got better for the Huskies.
They started the party right away, jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the opener. Glenwood shot itself in the foot and a couple of other vital organs, falling behind 16-9 when Battle Mountain’s Mackenzie Ellison blistered a kill. Carly Cook’s three straight serves and another Ellison kill made it 22-10.
LaRose Currie buried the winner with a kill, finishing off a 25-10 victory for the Huskies in the first game.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair in the early going, but it soon leaned toward Battle Mountain, which came from behind to go up 10-8 on another Ellison kill.
But before you could say, “It’s really snowing outside?!?” – yes, it was – Glenwood fought back to trail by one, 18-17.
Glenwood’s Abby Russell served three straight to make it 22-20. But that was as far as it would go, as Battle Mountain won the second game, 25-23.
Early in the third game, Battle Mountain had its own series of moments when it had apparently lost all sense of self preservation. Put that together with a string of aces and kills and Glenwood jumped out to a 10-5 lead.
Jenna Pearce’s block put the Demons up 12-6. Lexie Warkentin added a kill and Delaney Gaddis reeled off three straight serves for a 15-7 Demon lead. Glenwood hung on to win the third game, 25-17, to make it a 2-1 match.
The fourth game was a tight affair and neither team could stretch its lead to much more than the length of a political sound bite.
Finally, at 21-19, Currie drilled a seeing-eye kill and followed it with two serves and a little Huskies’ luck for a 25-21 win.
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