A telling 24 hours for Gore Rangers
Vail, CO Colorado
EAST VAIL ” You work all season long for a day like this.
You hope, that with all the time on the court, in practice and matches, things come together as the postseason rolls around.
And then, it happens.
In a 24 hour span, Vail Mountain volleyball closed out the season with an emphatic spike, first taking rival Vail Christian to five games Friday night, then waxing Crested Butte Saturday morning and cruising by Hayden Saturday afternoon.
“The last 24 hours of volleyball in this gym have been phenomenal,” said Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey. “The girls are playing really well. We couldn’t be more pleased. (Saturday) they came out, after losing in five and playing until 9:30 at night and they came out and were the same team. That says a lot about where they are at right now.”
About 12 hours after the physically and mentally draining match against the Saints, the 2A Gore Rangers smacked the 1A Titans, 25-2, 25-19, 25-16.
“Coming out from last night, we knew we had to be consistent and composed,” said Vail Mountain setter Molly Etters. “We didn’t really have any errors.”
Later in the afternoon, Vail Mountain pounded 2A Hayden in the first game en route to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 win.
“In that first game, for the number of seniors we had with the emotional thanking of parents, and with that long delay, and to have them come out and play the way they did shows where they are at mentally,” Garvey said.
Thanks to some great jump serves by Etters, the Gore Rangers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening frame. The Gore Rangers were dominant from behind the line all match.
“They served exceptionally well,” said Hayden coach Stephanie Davis. “That really makes a big difference.”
With their setter having to come off the net often, the Tigers couldn’t feed their big hitters.
“It kept a lot of pressure on them,” Etters said.
When Hayden found its middle and outsider hitters, it often mattered not ” Vail Mountain was there for the tip, block or dig.
“The back row really made this happen,” Garvey said. “No matter what Hayden threw at us, we consistently had the back row picking it up. Not only picking it up, but giving it perfectly to Molly, then Molly is able to execute the offensive.”
Etters was thankful for the good passes that came her way.
“They were ready for everything,” Etters said of the back row. “(Hayden) was a scrappy team that played untraditional balls, but our back row just didn’t let up.”
Vail Mountain lost a little bit of its punch in the second game against Hayden, but the Tigers failed to take advantage, committing a slew of serving errors.
Elsie Macsata had many elusive hits for kills, while Lynnie Somes, Christiana White, Kelsey Peck, Brigitta Gehl and Ande Brill all chipped in for a bunch of kills.
With the 2-1 weekend, Vail Mountain closed out the regular season at 11-7 and 6-2 in the 2A Western Slope.
“Obviously you have some doubts, looking at (our) record, but the girls are starting to understand they have played some competitive teams over the past few weeks, and what a great job they’ve done to continue working and believing in themselves.”
As they head into district play, the Gore Rangers couldn’t have picked a better time, either.
“Earlier in the year there were some teams we thought we could have beaten, but it doesn’t matter because we know we’re a better team than before,” Etters said. “We’re psyched to go to districts and show them.”
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.