Saturday, September 30, 2006
Eagle Battle Mountain High School's volleyball team continues to dominate its Western Slope League opponents.
The Huskies made quick work of the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Thursday, winning 25-16, 25-13, 25-20.
The Huskies are now 9-1 overall on the season and 6-0 in league play. The loss drops Steamboat to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in league play. Battle Mountain's easy win against the Sailors was fairly unusual given the battles the two teams have waged over the years.
"I was definitely surprised. They're a good team," Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. "Their system is a strong system. They're really well coached. I was surprised that our girls came out and played as well and controlled as they could."
"It was really exciting," Hus-kies outside hitter Sofia Lindroth said. "We came out not knowing what to expect. We just had to play our best and it worked out really well."
Battle Mountain built commanding leads in the first two games before subbing in the bench in the third game.
"You know it's going to be tough," Sailors coach Wendy Hall said. "Geez, (Battle Mountain) won our league last year and they got everybody back. They're probably one of the best teams in the state, and they're very worthy of that. I just was hoping my kids would not be intimidated and not be scared and go out and see what we could do. At times, I though we did that. Other times, I thought we looked like deer in the headlights."
Two factors decided Thur-sday's contest. The first was serving. Battle Mountain was on and, as Hall said, Steamboat's serve-receive broke down.
Battle Mountain hit its spots all evening. Britney Brown led the Huskies with seven aces, followed by Lindroth with four and Nicole Penwill with three.
"We had some really good serving," Doyon said. "We're working more on our float serves. We're just trying to keep them out of system. We knew ahead of time who their weaker passers were."
Battle Mountain's depth also was overwhelming.
"I think it's great because no matter where we are in (the) rotation, we always have somebody to go to," said Lindroth, who had six kills. "Devon (Abbott), Nicole, Britney, everybody's improved so much. It's great to see. It helps so much."
Penwill had a big night with eight kills and five blocks. Brown had 11 and three, respectively, and Rodrick knocked down six and had a team-high seven digs.
"That was probably the best net play we had all year," said Hall. "We've had trouble with our block this year, and this is the best offensive team we've played all year, and we looked decent considering we had things coming at us a little faster than normal."