Eagle-Vail The Battle Mountain Huskies overcame a Game-1 loss to Steamboat Springs on Thursday night (24-26), before thundering back, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-22, as the Huskies beat the Sailors in convincing fashion for their first win over Steamboat since moving to 4A.
"It's huge," Huskies coach Brian Doyon said after the game. "This is a team that's dominated us in the past. They played great volleyball. Steamboat had some unforced errors, some calls here and there. But, the girls had their heads-up all game. They had emotion. They had heart. They played great. All the kids contributed. The kids played well."
With the win, Battle Mountain upped its league mark to 3-1 and its overall record to 5-3.
The loss was Steamboat's third straight as the Sailors fell to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the league.
"It's the same story-time and time again," Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. "We played three really good teams in a row, and we've had moments of looking really solid, and we've had streaks of putting balls out of bounds over and over again. We've got to find a way to break the air streaks. Until we do that, we're not going to be a good team. That's the bottom line. We just got beat tonight. I felt like Battle Mountain played better than us, plain and simple."
The Huskies controlled most of Game 1, taking leads of 21-17 and 22-19, but a series of Huskies errors and two kills from Steamboat's Kristyn Bradbury gave the Sailors a 26-24 win.
The Huskies were frustrated by what they felt were two missed calls in Game 1, but they handled it the right way.
"We knew that we could have taken it. We just got down on ourselves," said Crystin Rodrick, who led the Huskies with 17 kills. "Knowing that we could beat them, we wanted to come back with fire. We just wanted it so bad. We wanted to get every single point."
It seemed as if Battle Mountain got every point in Game 2, cruising to a 25-14 win. Huskies setter Nichole Lindroth ran Battle Mountain's offense like a machine with 41 assists.
Lindroth served the Huskies out to a 5-0 lead in Game 3 with two aces.
"Before the game, we had a goal to be really scrappy and pick everything up and it worked out because everyone was digging," Lindroth said. "Not a lot of balls hit the ground without a big effort."