Gore Rangers come back to beat DeBeque in five | VailDaily.com

Gore Rangers come back to beat DeBeque in five

DEBEQUE – Tack on “winning” to the title of Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel and you have the theme of the Vail Mountain School’s 2004 volleyball season so far. That’s because the Gore Rangers are winning and doing it on the road. Tuesday was no different for the gym-less VMS squad as it fought back to win in five games at rival DeBeque.”As we’ve seen in the past, we’re just playing with great composure,” coach Mike Garvey said. “We never really clicked tonight, but the girls did a great job of continuing to play throughout the match.”The Dragons won Game 1, 25-19, but the Gore Rangers came back to even things up in the second frame with a scrappy 25-23 win.The third game was another one that was close throughout, but the Dragons managed to notch the final three points in a 25-22 victory. DeBeque couldn’t continue its momentum in Game 4, however, as VMS got rolling and never let the Dragons back into the game offensively, en route to a 25-12 win to even the match at 2-2.Then there was Game 5, a tiebreaker that was back and forth up until the final three points. Vail Mountain managed to win, 15-12, but it wasn’t without a fight.”The only game that we jumped on them was Game 4,” Garvey said, “Everything else was really close.”The biggest adjustment that the Gore Rangers made Tuesday was to defend better against the tip, after the Dragons had found success against the VMS front line early by floating balls over their blocks.”They did a lot of tipping and they hit a lot of down balls,” Garvey said. “We made some adjustments, though, in the front and back lines that stopped them from having success with that.”VMS was paced by strong performances from outside hitter Cely Brinkmann, setters Miranda Farley and Lara Green and middle hitter Katie Wear.”Cely definitely had her best match of the season,” Garvey said. “Just a great all-around performance. Lara and Miranda did a great job at setting and Katie came in and did a nice job at middle hitter in games two through five after playing outside hitter in the first game.”Farley was playing in her first match of the season, after being forced to miss the first six because of a decision handed down by the Colorado High School Activities Association concerning transfer students.The initial ruling was that Farley was to miss half the season – standard for any student who transfers from another school during the current semester, or previous semester – but VMS fought that ruling and won since Farley was just transferring back to VMS after going to school in Florida last year. “It was nice to have her back in the lineup,” Garvey said. “It was great that we got her back before nine matches.”With the win, VMS improved to 7-0. The Gore Rangers next play at Crested Butte Friday, starting at 5 p.m.Devils drop AspenASPEN -Eagle Valley put together a complete team performance Tuesday at Aspen, downing the Skiers in three straight games to improve to 3-3 overall.The key to the win was a stingy ball-control offense, keyed by the serving of seniors Mariah Scott and Kenzie Shreeve, who finished with five and 11 aces, respectively.”Aspen is a good team,” Scott said. “They’re well-coached, but we just came out tonight and didn’t really have a problem. We had slow starts in the first two games, but we came back with awesome servers and dominated.”One sour note to go with the win was that junior middle hitter Amanda Padilla rolled her ankle during warm-ups and didn’t play, which meant Eagle Valley’s bench players got substantial playing time.Summer Forsyth, was the most notable of the reserves, coming up with some key blocks against the See Devils, page A27Skiers front line.The Devils also unloaded their bench in the final frame, letting underclassmen Michelle Parmenter, Ryanne Wilson, Ashley Fahrenholtz and Miranda Hicks log some varsity experience.Senior Whitney Donohue finished with 20 assists, Shreeve had 12 kills, Scott had five kills and Shannon Aragon tallied seven digs. Senior Jessica Stiles also had an impressive night serving, finishing with four aces. “We had some good hits and they didn’t have a lot of blocks,” Stiles said. “They weren’t in a system where they were able to block us back also. They were a pretty medium-sized team.”The Devils host Moffat County at home Thursday at 6 p.m.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.com

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