Gore Rangers move to 4-0
EAGLE – Vail Christian volleyball went five games with Ouray on Saturday.Battle Mountain volleyball went five games against Grand Junction Central Saturday.Why should Vail Mountain buck the trend?VMS went up 2-0 (25-20, 25-19) and promptly lost the next two games (29-31, 22-25) before pulling out the five-game win, 16-14, Saturday at Eagle Valley Middle School against a determined Ouray squad. “In those situations, you learn a lot about yourselves,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “You learn about what you need to do to get a job done. You always have to look at things as a learning experience and, hopefully, we learned a lot today.”
VMS started the final game well. Two serves from Kelsey Ferguson put the Gore Rangers up 5-1. Cely Brinkmann served up three aces followed by a Zoie Liotta kill, and VMS was seemingly cruising, 10-3.But the Trojans rallied for seven points to tie the game. Normally, a coach would call time to try to break the momentum of the other side. But with apologies to his fall-season coaching counterpart, Garvey calls timeouts about as often as the Red Sox win the World Series.”The way I usually look at it is that if I have something to tell them, then that’s when I call a timeout,” Garvey said. “But I had the confidence in them that they knew what they were doing. There was nothing additionally that I could have done. I actually would prefer to leave them on the floor and be able to go right back into the situation. It was a little later than I expected, but they did respond.”Katie Wear’s kill ended the Trojans’ run, and then the two teams began to trade points. A Liotta ace gave VMS the lead for good at 14-13, and Della Elich ended it with two consecutive kills. “We were getting frustrated because it was taking a little longer than we expected to win,” Wear said. “I think we kind of lost our concentration, and we weren’t as excited. But we came back. We stuck in there. But we could have played better.”
With the win, VMS moved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the 1A Mountain League. Next up is Vail Christian Tuesday at St. Clare in Edwards at 6 p.m. Given that both teams went to five games with Ouray Saturday, Tuesday’s contest should be a doozy.”The Vail Christian game is going to come down to which team can make fewer errors,” Garvey said. “We’ll work hard in our practice on Monday. We’ll work on our consistency, and that needs to be executed in the game.”VMS soccer falls, 1-0SALIDA – Between games of the VMS-Ouray volleyball match, Gore Rangers soccer goalie Michael Busenhart nearly tripped and fell over the bleachers.
Given that Boozi is somewhat prone to pratfalls, the rest of the soccer team in attendance gasped, seeing their season flash before their eyes. But that was really the least of Busenhart’s health concerns Saturday. Earlier in the day against Salida, a Spartan player collided with Busenhart with the latter getting a cleat in the face. The result was the only – and controversial – goal of the game.With the 1-0 loss, VMS fell to 1-1. The Gore Rangers open league play at The Bob at 4 p.m. vs. Roaring Fork on Tuesday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.