SOROCO - It's official. Vail Mountain School volleyball is on a roll.
The Gore Rangers made it four wins in a row, winning at Soroco, 25-12, 25-16, 25-22, Thursday night. And, yes, that's a league win.
"It's always nice to be on the winning side of things," VMS coach Mike Garvey said. "But we've got to turn around and play at Rangely (Friday). That consumes more of our attention at this point."
Yes, the joys of Western Slope travel, regardless of classification. VMS was at Oak Creek Thursday night. The ladies will squeeze some classes in today and then head toward the Utah border tonight.
VMS is 4-2 in the 2A Slope and 7-3 overall. Thursday night's win nice was not only in that it went just three games, but Garvey also did some tinkering with his squad.
"We took Ellen (Edgerton) out of the serving rotation," Garvey said of his all-league libero. "We've had other players serving well in practice, and we wanted to give them some experience. We also pulled Ellen in Game 2, and other players stepped up well."
Huskies win in five, yes, five
EDWARDS - Battle Mountain volleyball won the fifth game Thursday night, and there was much rejoicing.
Summit was the opponent and the Huskies won, 18-25, 25-18, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11, but did we mention the Huskies won the fifth and decisive game?
The Huskies had been 0-4 in matches that went the distance before Thursday, hence the importance of securing 15 points in Game 5.
"The first of the season and I'll tell you that this feels pretty nice," Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "Sweet, insert any adjective you like."
Battle Mountain (5-6, 3-4) has won two in a row, and hopes that this is a stepping stone in the wide-open 4A Slope.
"We've solidified our lineup, I think. We have confidence now in our hitters, and our defense is playing the way they're supposed to," Fitzgerald said. "They don't want anything to hit the floor. When they play like that, it's fun."
Battle Mountain's next game is Monday against Vail Christian.
Tigers nip Devils
FARMER'S KORNER - Eagle Valley soccer lost a heartbreaker to Summit County, 1-0, Thursday night.
The Devils (3-7) host Rifle Saturday at 1 p.m. As a side note, the Delta game has been rescheduled for Thursday.