Gore Rangers come up a bounce and a roll short
Vail, CO Colorado
EAST VAIL ” Up until the final touch, the effort was there for Vail Mountain volleyball Thursday night in East Vail.
And had one or two more points gone their way, the Gore Rangers could have come away with a win in three games against Resurrection Christian.
“Unfortunately they finished and we didn’t,” said Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey.
Vail Mountain came up just short in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 loss.
“Three-and-out doesn’t really say it,” Garvey said.
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In a match that where neither team saw a lead of more than four points, the Gore Rangers went nearly point-for-point with the Cougars.
“We just didn’t create enough good opportunities to put enough good pressure on them,” Garvey said.
In the first game, the teams went back and forth, until the Gore Rangers looked to pull away at, 20-17. Following a timeout, however, the Cougars stormed back and earned the final few points on hard kills. The second game was nearly a carbon copy of the first, with Resurrection Christian taking a few three-point leads, and edging out Vail Mountain.
And in the third game, the Cougars took advantage of a mid-game lull by the Gore Rangers, only to see Vail Mountain climb right back into play and pull to 23-22.
“They had one ball that rolled off the tape and fell and on another, one girl had a mishit (for a kill), and those are the two points that got them ahead,” Garvey said. “I loved our fight at the end. They had us in control the whole game and we came back and gave it a shot. We’re still looking for that time to finish.”
Vail Mountain fell to 8-6 overall, but remained at 5-2 in league, as Resurrection Christian (16-1 overall) is a non-league opponent.
“It will help us later to know that we can play with this type of team,” said Vail Mountain’s Chanda Wilcox. “But we shouldn’t be able to just play with them. We should be able to execute against them.”
The Gore Rangers used accurate serves to put the Cougars on their heels.
“I was pleased with our serving game,” Garvey said. “And I was pleased with our defense. There were a lot of good things to take out of this.”
On offense, Vail Mountain found ways around a big Resurrection Christian block. Wilcox was the most consistent hitter for the Gore Rangers.
“I’ve had a problem in the past where I tried to hit through the block as hard as I could,” Wilcox said. “But I’ve been trying lately to make smarter plays and hit the ball around (defenders).”
Ande Brill had some nice kills early in the match, while Lynnie Somes, Brigitta Gehl and Elsie Macsata chipped in to the effort as well. Setter Molly Etters did a great job of feeding her hitters from all over the court, and kept the Cougars honest with several tips.
“I like our competitiveness,” Garvey said. “When our hitters get the opportunity, they’ve proven they have the firepower. It’s those out of system plays when the pass isn’t on the net an we have to pull our setter off and do that. Our execution isn’t as high as we’d like in those situations. … We’re not expecting to get kills in these situations, but we have to at least execute and put the ball in play.”
Saturday’s match starts at 3:30 p.m.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.