Vail The 2007 Battle Mountain volleyball team is trying to establish a different identity from its 2006 state champion counterpart.
But in one respect, the teams are very alike so far. The Huskies can still roll. Battle Mountain put Moffat County through the paces in an efficient 25-15, 25-14, 25-16 win Saturday.
"I feel like we try to go out there and step on the team right away and jump on them," libero Kelsey Plath said. "When we start off and get in a really good rhythm and everyone has energy, we just feed off each other's energy. That's when we play the best."
While Huskies coach Brian Doyon naturally has a lengthy to-do list, Battle Mountain looked pretty sharp in winning its third Slope match of the week and running its record to 6-1.
Meanwhile, Moffat coach Brianna Montgomery was searching for answers one day after her Bulldogs had a grueling five-game loss to visiting Montrose.
"My team didn't play like my team," she said. "It's hard to say that because everyone thinks they really throttled us, and they did. They played really well. My team wasn't themselves."
One of the main things that concerned Montgomery was her team's blocking. The Huskies overwhelmed the Bulldogs at the net. While some of that could be attributed to an off day for Moffat, Battle Mountain's offensive diversity cannot be ignored.
Devon Abbott continued to terrorize opponents with 10 attacks and four blocks. Newcomer Annalisa Padget pounded another 10 attacks and three stuffs. Throw in Kori Landauer, Jen Thul and Hannah Ellison, and the Huskies had a party going on in front.
"It helps us out a lot for hitters who can hit," Padget said. "Their blockers don't have an idea of who's hitting. It opens us up a lot more, and we get a lot more kills."
Setter Alexa Corcoran capably used these options to rack up 31 assists.
Battle Mountain also was sound in the back row. Landauer, Plath and Thul combined for 23 digs.
"I think the girls are starting to understand the movement and where we play the game, where the defense is, where the transition for coverage is," Doyon said. "The transition game and our movements on the court are getting better. There still are some things we need to work on, but in general, we're getting better."
Moffat struggled in the game and on the stat sheet. Angie Charchalis had a team-high eight digs, while Meghan Innes led the Bulldogs with eight assists. Sharina Simpson totaled three kills.
"You take some good things out the game," Montgomery said. "You take your bad stats and work on that. You push on. There's a lot of season left. And another positive is that we'll see them again."
Moffat County (1-2, 2-3) hosts Meeker today.