EAST VAIL - Homecoming came just in time for the Vail Mountain School volleyball team.
Usually, Homecoming is tough for a team with all the pomp and circumstance associated. For the Gore Rangers, it provided focus Saturday after a big win over Battle Mountain earlier in the week.
"You come off playing Battle Mountain, which is an emotional game," VMS coach Mike Garvey said. "You're hoping not to have a letdown. It was probably advantageous to have Homecoming. The kids always want to play well. They were focused."
And Hotchkiss was the unfortunate recipient of VMS' focus. The Gore Rangers made it a quick affair against the Bulldogs, winning, 25-10, 25-12, 25-7. Hotchkiss scored consecutive points only twice.
"I said to the girls after the game, 'You know who had a good game? Everyone," Garvey said.
VMS raised its record to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the 2A Slope. More importantly, the Gore Rangers seemed to have righted the ship after a little dry spell earlier this month.
"I think mostly the girls have set some goals and expectations for the season," Garvey said. "I think they got focused on the end result rather than procedure. We've tallked about enjoying each play, making each play with maximum effort and then looking at the scoreboard at the end of the night."
VMS will be very busy this week. The Gore Rangers are at Soroco Thursday and Rangely Friday. Those are both league games. VMS is then at home for West Grand which is not a league contest.
Soccer falls to Moffat
EAST VAIL - Vail Mountain soccer dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Moffat County Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field for its first league loss of the season.
Garret Cerny scored with the assist going to Clay Buglione in the first half.
"Moffat did a good job of converting their opportunities," VMS coach J.D. Caldwell said. "We did have a strong presence in the final third. We just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net."
VMS (3-5-1 overall and 2-1 in league) will gear up a road game Saturday against Aspen. This game against its long-time rival will be the league match. The two teams played to a draw earlier in the season.
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