Huskies nip Demon spikers
Three games to none doesn’t tell the tale.The Demons volleyball team led in every game, including a 24-15, game-point lead in the second contest, but Glenwood was unable to hang on in any contest as Battle Mountain won 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-18) on Thursday night. “We played them tough. We played the best team in the league very tough,” said Glenwood head coach Scott Nykerk. “We had a lead on them every time, we had a game we should have won and who knows what would have happened if we would have won that one.”
The Demons came out strong each game, starting off by going up 10-5 in game one. Then, foreshadowing what would happen in each game, the Huskies erased the deficit. Battle Mountain’s Kori Landauer threw down a kill to tie the game at 11, in the middle of a 10-2 Husky scoring streak. Glenwood came back to tie the game at 16, but once Battle Mountain broke the tie, it never trailed again for the duration of the game.Kelsie Hert attacked the net in game two, getting three kills as Glenwood worked to a 24-15 lead in game two. Then unforced Demon errors, combined with bad luck of balls hitting of the low ceiling at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium, let the game slip away.”They started hitting right side and we had trouble hitting that a little bit, into that second game,” Nykerk said. “It was close the whole way, they just got more points in the end.”
Husky Devon Abbott, who finished the night with a match-best eight kills, fueled the fire for Battle Mountain’s comeback. Battle Mountain went 25-24, then Glenwood tied it at 25, but the Huskies got the next two for the victory. The game was then won on an ace by Landauer that dropped right on the back line of the Demons’ court.”You enjoy the comeback, you hate to see the deficit you got yourself into,” said Battle Mountain head coach Brian Doyon of his team that put together a 10-0 scoring streak in game two. Glenwood bounced back in game three, taking leads of 4-0 and then 8-3 before unraveling again. The game was close all through the teens, but Battle Mountain scored five straight points to take the game and the match.Chelsea Vallario served up three aces and Avery Denney had two more for Glenwood in the match, but every time they got something going, Battle Mountain had an answer.
“That’s the thing, we started off all three games slow. Passing was bad,” said Doyon. “They started off serving strong and that’s what got them into those matches.”Glenwood fell to 3-3 in the Class 4A Western Slope League and 7-4 overall, while the Huskies stayed undefeated in league at 6-0 and bumped up to 9-1 overall.The Demons will next travel to Eagle Valley to play the Devils at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but, after a match like Thursday’s, some Demons were eyeing Oct. 19, when they will rematch the Huskies.”It was very intense, but I am pretty sure next time we can beat them. We were so close,” said senior outside hitter Jessica Betts. “Right when I woke up this morning, I was excited (to play Battle Mountain). They have a pretty good team this year, but I think next time we can beat them.”
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.