Saints spikers sweep away Ridgway | VailDaily.com

Saints spikers sweep away Ridgway

Preston Utley/Vail DailyThe Saints' Nicole Parker spikes the ball during Saturday's match against Ridgway. The Saints won in three games.

EDWARDS – Two years ago, Vail Christian volleyball won its first Homecoming game in the program’s history and it was a mob scene.Flash forward to Saturday’s Homecoming tilt when the Saints dispatched Ridgway, 25-14, 25-15, 25-13. Vail Christian was happy, but much more matter of fact about its state of affairs.”I think we go on the floor expecting to win,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “I’m happy with that change of mentality. These girls are fighters and they’ll fight until it’s all done.”

“It’s definitely a great feeling to win,” senior Kaley Hagerman said. “I think we all would have been bummed if we didn’t.”With the win, the Saints evened their overall record at 5-5 and moved to 3-1 in the 1A Mountain League with a showdown against DeBeque at St. Clare on Tuesday at 6 p.m. looming.Bradie Beagley served six straight points including three aces, in Game 1 to give the Saints a 12-6 lead. A block by Kristin McGinty, an ace from Molly Brooks and a kills by Beagley, Jackie Parker and Hagerman finished up the first game.

Nicole Parker’s serving gave the Saints the lead for good in Game 2, pushing Vail Christian to an 8-5 lead. Ridgway had some serious serving problems in the middle stanza and the Saints were happy to take advantage, Kelly Bowles served out the game-winning point with Brooks doing the honor with the kill.Game 3 was a no doubter. Vail Christian jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 8-3 and never looked back. Britni Beagley served her team out to a commanding 14-7 advantage, Brooks delivered the coup de grace with six straight points to make it 22-12. Monica Schultheis finished the affair with a kill.With Ridgway out of the way, the Saints will turn their attention to DeBeque, a team which has had the Saints’ number since the program started. But this year is different, according to Alexander.

“I think with this particular group of girls, I think we can win,” she said. “They don’t have that mentality where they get down when someone keeps digging them. They just keep digging the other team back. It’s going to be a fun game.”And if the Saints win, then you’ll have a mob scene.Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado