Volleyball: Basalt outlasts Aspen in five sets
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – It looked as though the Basalt volleyball team was going to make quick work of rival Aspen on Tuesday night.
Instead, the Longhorns were forced to toil for more than two hours against their game upvalley rivals, who pushed the match to a deciding fifth game. There, outside hitter Lindsay Corzine came up big on senior night, connecting on a booming kill on match point to help Basalt outlast the Skiers, 25-13, 25-27, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12.
“It was a good match for both teams. Aspen played hard,” said Longhorns head coach Brittany Spangler, whose squad dispatched the Skiers in three games Sept. 11. “This is absolutely the hardest we’ve played.”
That effort was on display early, when Basalt (4-11 overall, 2-7 3A Western Slope) strung together seven consecutive points to turn a four-point, first-game advantage into a sizable cushion. Aspen (4-14, 1-7) managed to spoil three game points before being whistled for a lift.
The miscues piled up on both sides during a tense second game in which the teams shared the lead 17 times. Shannon Turbidy had the first chance to square the match, but the Skiers junior’s serve on game point clipped the net.
Maggie Ryan and Mary Landis picked their teammate up, drilling consecutive kills to clinch a 27-25 win.
“We’re just a better team than we started out, that’s for sure,” said Matt Bergdahl, who replaced Aspen head coach Clay Dahlman last week for unspecified reasons. “(The slow start) could’ve been a combination of things. We’re still getting used to each other, and the lineup is a bit different than the one Clay had them in. It’s a dance, and when you get a new partner you need time to get it all together. We started to dance a little at times tonight.”
Aspen kept pace with Basalt early in Game 3, too, until Corzine went low and produced a dig that sailed over the net and landed just inside the line. The fortunate play sparked a 7-0 spurt highlighted by an Ana Morales kill and two aces from Audrey Glatz that blew open a
The Longhorns could not put the Skiers away in Game 4. Instead, Basalt gave the visitors new life with a slew of errant serves and some sluggish play at the net.
“It was frustrating, but in those frustrating moments if I keep my cool I feel like it helps the team be able to come back,” Spangler said. “I think we stopped moving our feet. I told the girls they needed to start moving to the ball instead of standing there watching.”
Basalt got the message, scoring eight of the deciding game’s first 11 points. The Skiers battled back to within two on three occasions, but Corzine finished them off with a kill that sent multiple Aspen players diving to the ground in vain.
“There at the end, those 15-point games are so different than sideout games,” Bergdahl said. “We’re still getting used to that sort of scoring and when it seems like the clock is ticking on the wall when points are being rattled off.
“I’m pretty proud of the girls. It was a hard-fought battle that made for some good drama.”
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