Battle Mountain spikers get weekend sweep, move to 6-0
EDWARDS — Set ’em up. Put ’em down.
The Battle Mountain volleyball team did so in an efficient manner this weekend, dispatching Delta (25-13, 25-16, 25-19) and Palisade (25-19, 26-24, 25-20).
The Huskies moved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the 4A Slope.
And, so the showdown is set. Steamboat Springs is coming to town. The Sailors are 12-0 and 6-0. The teams meet on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
VMS gets a win
Vail Mountain School lost in three (25-14, 25-15, 25-11) to West Grand on Saturday, but there seems to be some promise ahead.
The Gore Rangers had won two in a row after downing DeBeque, 25-20, 25-22, 25-12 on Friday night.
VMS is a young team, and that showed in an eight-game skid to start the season. But there’s also an upside here.
“I think it’s mostly just getting confident as varsity players,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “We’re at 10 matches now. It takes a while for it to feel normal to play at this level.”
Garvey added that reaching a comfort level has been helped by the team’s two seniors, right-side hitter Georgia Hintz and outside-hitter Elle Dice.
Hintz has been with the program for four years, while Dice is a transfer from Eagle Valley was finally able to jump into the varsity fray after observing CHSAA rules.
And that is why they play the games.
West Grand upset Vail Christian volleyball, 25-18, 29-27, 25-23, on Friday night as the Saints picked up their first league loss.
“(West Grand) played very well,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “It was a letdown match. We were tired. We didn’t play at the level we expect. It’s a good wake-up call.”
This was Vail Christian’s third match of the week, but, of course, the Saints (6-3, 6-1) want to be playing a bunch of games in a condensed period of time later this season. Vail Christian will get another shot at the Mustangs in Edwards on Oct. 14. In the meantime, the Saints are at Vail Mountain on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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