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VMS opens new gym with a bang

Bret Hartman/Vail DailyVail Mountain's Lara Green makes a pass against Christian Fellowship Tuesday as Janelle Kibler-Silengo looks on in East Vail. Vail Mountain won in three straight games.

EAST VAIL -Welcome home, Vail Mountain School volleyball.After a year on the road with “home games” at Vail Christian, Berry Creek Middle School and Eagle Valley Middle School and morning practices at assorted locations while the entire campus was being renovated, including a new gym, the Gore Rangers have a home.And, VMS christened The Garven in style Tuesday night, thrashing Christian Fellowship, 25-7, 25-12, 25-18.”I think we’re fortunate enough that we’ve been in so many different gyms that we didn’t have to adjust to our own,” VMS coach Mike Garvey joked. “We’re so used to being in other gyms that the girls have done well to know where the lines are and know where the net is and not let the surroundings get to them.””It’s so fabulous,” senior Aubrie Apple said. “It’s so pretty and new. We’re all so stoked to be here. Clear lines, a nice high roof, we’ve got it made.”The Garven, named for the volleyball coach just as The Bob was named for soccer coach Bob Bandoni, does indeed have a higher roof than the old Peter Abuisi Center, better lighting and a practice court to boot. Some Garven firsts:

— The first point and kill went to Apple.– Lara Green was the first Gore Ranger server. She also recorded the building’s first ace, as VMS raced out to an 8-0 lead.– Stephanie Miletich recorded the first game-winning point with an ace.– Janelle Kibler-Silengo posted the first match-winning point.– And, Bandoni was likely the first person to start talking about Red Sox baseball in the stands at the Garven.– And, the Garven was the site of Garvey’s 100th career win.

No. 100″I think it’s been really neat to see the girls start playing at younger ages,” the coach said. “The depth that we have this year is great. It’s wonderful to see that the school has taken to the sport.”To get to 100 wins, Garvey has gone through some lean years when the Gore Rangers were perennial doormats. Things finally turned around with the Class of 2003 when Tree (Lara Bossow), Maggie Haslee, Julie Littman and Tiffany Allan took VMS to state in two consecutive years.Apple, Lindsay Wright and Cely Brinkmann were freshmen on that last state team in 2002 and doubtless would like to replicate the feat in their senior year. So far with a 3-1 start, the Gore Rangers are headed in the right direction.VMS toyed with the Conquerors during a very brief evening. VMS served at will and Apple and Wright smashed down point after point in Game 1.”One thing that we concentrated on was making sure they earned their points,” Garvey said. “As a percentage, we served probably 90-95 percent as a team. Most players had 100 percent serving in at least one of the games. Our hitting percentage was high when we had opportunities to put the ball away.”

It was more of the same in Game 2, as VMS zoomed out to a 12-3 lead. This allowed Garvey to get his younger players some playing experience. “A little bit of a look of things to come is what we were looking at there,” Garvey said. That group was out there and competitive and they’ve done a great job to prepare themselves to take advantage of situations like that. We can go pretty deep.”By Game 3, the Gore Rangers had three sophomores – Molly Etters, Elsie Macsata and Miletich – and three juniors on the court – Janelle Kibler-Silengo, Della Elich and Kelsey Ferguson. And the younger players comported themselves well.”I’m so impressed every time I see them,” Apple said.VMS practices today at The Garven and then will go down to Boulder to see Tree and CU take on No. 1 Stanford on Thursday. The Gore Rangers’ next game is Saturday at 3:15 p.m., also at the Garven.Huskies win third straight

EAGLE-VAIL – And the beat goes on.Battle Mountain made it 3-0 for 2005 by sweeping Buena Vista, 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 Tuesday night.”We had some good attacks,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “Sofia Lindroth had nine kills and Crystin (Rodrick) had seven. The thing to keep in mind is that we’re taller, but we’re still not tall. So, we have to stay within the system and they did that well.”Part of that system would be defense. Sydney Nichols and Rodrick brought it with 22 and 15 digs, respectively.Battle Mountain continues nonconference play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Basalt.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado