Lady Longhorns KO Hotchkiss in 5-game thriller
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Look out for these Lady Longhorns.
The Basalt High girls volleyball team, once a perennial cellar-dweller, knocked off previously unbeaten league opponent Hotchkiss in a five-game thriller Tuesday night at the BHS Bighouse.
With the 14-25, 25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9 victory, Basalt improved to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. More important, Basalt moved into a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with Eagle Valley and Hotchkiss. Each team has a single league loss.
“It was huge for us – for anybody,” said Billy Miller, the first-year coach of the Longhorns. “We’re the first people to take them out in league.
“I don’t know how many people slept last night,” the coach added Wednesday. “I didn’t. I was wired, and the girls are very excited. I think they’re starting to see what they’re capable of.”
Miller credited his two senior middle players, Robin Child and Lauren Redfern, for powering the hard-fought win.
“My two middles pretty much handled Hotchkiss’ hitters,” he said.
Child had 14 kills and 16 blocks, “and the blocks were what really made a difference,” Miller said. Redfern had seven kills and 14 blocks.
“I think we really pulled together as a team,” Miller said. “We made a few adjustments during the match, where we really focused our strength on our middles, and everybody else concentrated on getting the ball to the setter.
“It really took the whole team to run the game plan, and since we hadn’t seen Hotchkiss before, it took us awhile to figure them out.”
Three games remain on Basalt’s regular season schedule, beginning with Cedaredge on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bighouse.
“And it’s going to be big,” Miller said. “They beat us in five games at their place, but it wasn’t the league match. This is the league match and at our court.
“It’s been a very exciting league this year – Eagle Valley beat us, Hotchkiss beat Eagle, and we beat Hotchkiss. And every game between us, Cedaredge, Eagle and Hotchkiss are all just down to the wire,” the coach continued.
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Basalt plays at Roaring Fork at 5:30 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m., the Lady Longhorns face Olathe on the road in their season finale.
“And to think that we missed 23 serves, too,” Miller added, referring to the Hotchkiss win. “If we make our serves, we’ll be unstoppable when it all comes down later.”
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