Warriors roll past Huskies in volleyball

Ashley Wells loves a challenge.

Tuesday night against Battle Mountain, the Central High School volleyball player got just that against the Huskies’ Krista Norris.

The two outside hitters went kill for kill the entire match, with Norris collecting 33 kills to Wells’ 18.

“It was a great competition with (Norris),” Wells said. “Every time she got a kill, I wanted to get one.”

Although Norris finished with more overall kills, it was Wells’ timely kills in the second and fourth games that helped propel the Warriors to a 25-13, 25-19, 29-31, 25-22 victory over the Huskies.

“It was fun high school volleyball. The crowd was into it and it was a good time,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “And, it was good for us to see some big hitters.”

Wells, a 5-foot-11 senior, is showing early-season consistency around the net.

Wells’ 18 kills on Tuesday comes after a 17-kill performance last week against Palisade.

“We’ve learned a lot from these first two games,” Wells said. “We learned we have to stay composed and finish the game.”

Central looked like it was going to cruise to the victory after hardly being pushed in a 25-13 first-game win.

Battle Mountain fought hard the second game (19-25) before taking the third game (31-29).

“I didn’t know what to expect from them,” Nelson said. “I went into it not knowing much about them and they were stronger than what I expected.”

In the third game, Central fell behind 18-13 before scoring six unanswered points to take a 19-18 lead. Battle Mountain recovered and eventually ended the game with two straight kills from Norris.

“In that game three, we got behind right from the get-go and that made it hard on ourselves,” Nelson said. “But I like having those close games before we get into league play.”

The Warriors closed out the fourth set with a couple of momentum-changing blocks from Kristina Lindsay and Bridget Rader down the stretch.

“We are making the adjustments we need to make during the game,” Nelson said. “It is nice to see the intensity out there and once again they finished.”

Warriors setter Nikki Keeling finished with 35 assists, Lindsey had seven blocks and Wells had 21 digs.

Rader and Kimbre Baker both finished with seven kills.

Central is at Delta on Thursday before playing Saturday in the Lewis-Palmer tournament.

“This is still an inexperienced team,” Nelson said. “We need to keep getting more court time together.

“They are working together as a team, but still lacking a little communication in the games.”


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