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Gore Rangers take down Dragons in three

Ian Cropp

DEBEQUE – All the wins have been adding up for the Gore Rangers. In sickness and in health, at home and on the road, it hasn’t mattered for the volleyball squad.With a 25-21, 25-18, 25-18 victory of Debeque on Tuesday, Vail Mountain moved to 16-1 on the season. The win gives the team at least a share of the league title for the second year in a row, a first for a Vail Mountain, and its third in four years.”The girls were excited to do something the school has never done before,” said coach Mike Garvey. “I think we’re seeing a carry over from year to year. After each group leaves, the (younger kids) have picked up where they left off.”While the match against Debeque wasn’t the Gore Rangers’ finest performance of the year, Garvey was proud of their performance.”We are pleased with how we are competing,” Garvey said. “This is our most stressful time of year. We are around midterms, so kids have been taking care of academics and health issues and such. We are struggling skills wise, but those skills will come back.”Garvey wasn’t the only one who noticed the resilience of his team.”The official and line judge mentioned how well we maintained our composure, which in the past has been a weakness with our team,” Garvey said.Third game teamwork”Della Elich came on really well late in the match,” Garvey said. “Early on, we weren’t passing well enough to get the ball to her, but she did a good job of responding and got some great kills. It was a team effort to get the ball to her.”There were some execution errors for the Gore Rangers throughout the match that slowed down their attack. Gore Rangers’ service errors gave the ball back to the Dragons to break up Gore Rangers’ rallies.”You have times when you know you are not at the top of your game,” Garvey said. “But when you can win in three games and you are not at the top of your game, it shows the strength of your team.”One player who had little trouble connecting from behind the service line for Vail Mountain was Molly Etters.”It was nice to see when we had errors here and there that one person can give you consistency,” Garvey said of Etters.Double upVail Mountain finishes its season at The Garven against Vail Christian Tuesday at 6 p.m.The Gore Rangers took the first match, and hope to earn a sweep against their rivals.”In the last two years, they’ve taken one regular season game from us,” Garvey said. “We had to play them twice on the road last year. We have five seniors who will be ready to play even if there is six feet of snow in our gym.”Eagle Valley falls to Colorado AcademyDENVER – The Devils fell in three games to the Mustangs, 25-12, 25-13, 25-20 on Tuesday. Thursday, Eagle Valley is at Rifle at 6:30 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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