EAST VAIL - Name the cliche - one point at a time or one match at a time. But Vail Mountain School volleyball is getting close to the holy grail - the 2A state tournament.
"That has been the goal for the four seniors on our team since the sixth grade," Gore Rangers senior and libero Ellen Edgerton said. "We're going game-by-game, and point-by-point, but it's definitely exciting."
Said four seniors - Edgerton, Monika Gehl, Sierra Brill and Lizzie Bolyard - and the Gore Rangers have the opportunity to punch their ticket to the Denver Coliseum today when they host the 2A Region C Tournament.
VMS takes on Paonia at 9 a.m., followed by Dolores at noon. Whoever wins the round robin has an automatic berth to state.
This is Round 3 with Paonia for VMS. The Eagles won the regular-season game. The Gore Rangers got revenge in last weekend's district tourney.
"I've been really pleased with our approach to psychology and sports," VMS coach Mike Garvey said. "We're ready to play any team. It's about our system and skill."
Playing VMS' game will certainly be the strategy against Dolores at noon. VMS hasn't seen Dolores since regionals in 2009. VMS will watch Paonia and Dolores face off at 10:30.
Under the new postseason structure in 2A, the eight regional winners get an automatic berths to state, followed by four wild cards determined by the Freeman-Maxpreps computer poll, according to ranking. VMS is ranked 17th, so winning regionals is probably the safest path.
If all three teams end the round robin at 1-1, the squads will be ordered by games-won percentage at today's tournament. Nos. 2 and 3 will play a game to 25 points for the right to do the same against the No. 1-ranked team for a state berth.
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