League title within Demons’ reach
Five games. Somehow, someway Thursday’s Glenwood Springs-Battle Mountain volleyball game had to go the distance. No matter how bad one team looked.Cheree Carver’s service ace, followed by a Husky wide return, was the difference in the Demons 3-2 (26-24, 25-13, 23-25, 17-25, 19-17) win. It was a win that appeared sewed up after Glenwood took a 2-0 lead. Battle Mountain, however, made it interesting by rallying to win games three and four.”I’m still shaking like a leaf,” Carver said after the win. “My biggest focus was to just put (the ball) on the court and keep our team fired up.”
Battle Mountain coach Bryon Doyon was so disturbed with the turn of events in the fifth game he couldn’t speak about the match.One thing is for sure, Carver’s ace, along with a couple of earlier saves in the fifth game, came at a time when the Demons fire needed to be re-stoked. Earlier, the Demons (11-1 league, 15-1 overall) looked unbeatable after winning game two for a 2-0 lead – finishing with a 12-2 scoring run.Battle Mountain had other plans. And Glenwood coach Scott Nykerk, who watched his team take a commanding lead, knew the Huskies wouldn’t fold.”I said to our assistant coaches ‘It’s not over.’ (Battle Mountain) is a solid team and they play solid volleyball and it wasn’t going to be easy.”
The Huskies proved Nykerk’s point when they came out for game three. Shaking themselves from a rash of unforced errors and bad serves, the Huskies hunkered down and rediscovered the touch that earned them a 10-game winning streak.Key contributions from Sofia Lindroth (13 kills), Crystin Rodrick (11 kills) and Britney Brown (7 kills, four blocks) knotted the match at 2-all and put Battle Mountain in position to take a two-game, lead in the Class 4A Western Slope League.”Both teams kind of had it out for each other,” said Carver. “We both knew that we were at the top of the league and we had to play our best to beat them. And, they were probably thinking the same thing.”That thinking, along with grit from both squads, forced a fifth game.
Glenwood took an early two-point lead, then failed to hold it. Two Lindroth kills along with an ace from Rodrick put Battle Mountain up, 8-6. The Huskies withstood two Glenwood rallies and held a 17-16 lead before the dam broke.Leanna Lawson scored her 15th kill of the match by bouncing a spike off Devon Abbott for a tie. Two plays later, it was over. “It all came down to fighting for the match – that’s what I told (the team),” said Glenwood coach Nykerk. The win puts Glenwood back in position to earn the league title, along with the opportunity to host the District 8 tournament. To do so, the Demons have to win all three of their remaining league games at Eagle Valley on Saturday, followed by the 2005 regular-season home finale Oct. 20 against Palisade and a road match at Delta Oct. 22.
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