Hayden sweeps VMS | VailDaily.com

Hayden sweeps VMS

HAYDEN, Colorado ” If people or teams in the Class 2A Western Slope League haven’t noticed the Hayden volleyball team yet, they probably should start taking note.

After avenging its only loss of the season on Friday at West Grand, Hayden continued its torrid start with a 25-8, 25-12, 25-21 win against Vail Mountain School on Saturday.

“We’re playing well, but I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet,” first-year Hayden coach Greg Johnson said. “We’re a good team and I’m not afraid to say that right now. Our kids realize we1re a good team and they’re starting to play like that.”

Saturday, Hayden only trailed once and was dominant throughout.

“We’re struggling with injuries and illness,” Vail Mountain School coach Mike Garvey said. “Whenever we started to play well and do some things, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Hayden again got a balanced attack from all of its hitters. Holli Salazar led with eight kills, Rachael Koehler added seven kills and six blocks and Kylee Sweetser had six kills.

“I think we are starting to come into our own,” Johnson said. “We definitely have some areas where we can improve in. (Saturday) was the first time we served well as a team. It’s just the little things. Our blocking and the defense have started to come around.”

For Vail Mountain School and Garvey the main concern now is just getting everyone back healthy. Garvey said the team hasn’t had a full team at practice in three weeks and the results are showing on the court.

“Our No. 1 thing now is to get everyone healthy,” Garvey said. “It’s hurting us consistency wiseBut it’s been a joy playing (Hayden) twice. They’ve always had the athletes and Greg is doing a great job teaching them how to play volleyball.”

VMS finally has its home opener Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against none other than Vail Christian.

” To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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