Gilpin grounded; Saints win again
EDWARDS ” Stop the presses. Vail Christian volleyball actually trailed Gilpin County for a while in Tuesday’s match.
Fear not, the Saints rallied to ground the Eagles, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18, at St. Clare to make it 11-1 on the season.
But with a record of 11-1 maybe falling behind isn’t so bad of a thing. While Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander severely frowns upon looking ahead to future possibilities, preferring her charges to be focused on the next task at hand ” in this case Ridgway on Saturday “being behind in a game or a match is good experience.
Out of respect of Alexander’s wishes, we won’t say the name of the event held in the unnamed capital of Colorado in some arena located near Interstate-70 sometime in November. But hypothetically speaking, of course, if a Edwards-based high school, whose academic philosophy is rooted in Christianity, and that school just happened to have a volleyball program, were to make a run at the aforementioned unnamed tourney, that team would benefit from knowing how to come from behind.
“It’s good for them to struggle some,” Alexander said. “Any adversity is good for our girls right now. Everybody played great in our time of need. It was good. When someone was down, somebody else stepped up. I’m happy for that.”
“Good,” added the coach’s daughter Taylor, 9, in a succinct volleyball analysis.
“It’s good to feel the pressure of playing good teams who hit the ball harder and pick ourselves up and keep working hard with each other,” Saints junior Sammantha Francis said.
Francis was big part of the Saints’ rally in Game 3. Vail Christian, which had to hold off the Eagles in a tight second game, fell behind Gilpin, 6-1. The junior had two kills and an attack up front to start the comeback.
Francis went back to the serving line and ripped off four points there, including a resounding kill from Kelly Bowles, to even the game at nine. After a bad serve, Kristin McGinty came to the rescue with a kill, and she got on a roll serving. Britni Beagley put up a nice block and Molly Brooks, who had the attack of the night earlier in the match, came up with another point.
By the time McGinty was finished, the Saints led, 16-10, and were on their way to their 11th straight win.
“Really with our team, it’s just focusing on the pass first and making sure you get good contact and putting the ball in before anything else,” Francis said.
With numerous members of the football team wearing cowboy hats while watching Tuesday’s game, it’s apparent that it’s Homecoming week. Twangy Tuesday gave Vail Christian’s student body a distinct western look.
While Homecoming is good fun, the Saints want to keep focused on Ridgway Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at St. Clare.
“Fortunately, we have a lot of maturity,” Alexander said. “Our four seniors have the ability to pull themselves back in, which is nice. We’ll probably do some practice with some loud music, throw them into different situations for practices this week.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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