Ho, hum: VMS spikers clinch league title
But you wouldn’t have known it by the way the Gore Rangers acted after dispatching DeBeque 15-6, 15-6. VMS went through its traditional postgame warmdown and then headed out into the night, presumably to grab a bite to eat and get in some homework.
“Oh. O.K. That’s impressive,” Lara “Tree” Bossow said with a laugh upon hearing the news.
“Good. I didn’t know,” said senior Maggie Haslee, who leads VMS in the enthusiasm department. “It feels good.”
White the players were genuinely pleased with the school’s first volleyball league title, it’s understandable that the Gore Rangers didn’t stream out onto the soccer field to have a parade. VMS is 14-0 overall, 7-0 in league and ranked as one of the best 1A teams in the state in both of the major polls.
“It’s one of those things because we’re so focused on goals, I think it will tak a day or two before we sit back and say, “Hey, we’ve guaranteed ourselves a league championship,'” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “Our goals are beyond league. That’s just a stepping stone. But the goals we had set before the game were all accomplished. I am tremendously impressed and I think the girls are as well. We’re able to look beyond the score at the level of play.”
VMS made a point of working on its jump-serving as well as its speed of play. With regard to the former, VMS jumped out to a 6-2 lead on aces from Haslee, Tiffany Allan and Tree. Aubrie Apple served up two points, which were capped by Haslee and Bossow kills.
Cely Brinkmann’s kill made it 12-5 and Lindsay Wright finished matters in game one from behind the line.
“I thought we did great,” Haslee said. “I was surprised with how everyone put their jump-serves in. Not only were they in play, but they had topspin on them and they were really good.”
DeBeque started well in the second game, taking a 4-1 lead.
“They did a great job. DeBeque is always going to compete with us and we knew that coming in,” Garvey said. “We always look forward to the matches with them. They play excellent defense. We were very impressed with their blocking tonight and we responded very strongly to that. So I’m very proud of our team.”
Apple started to stem the tide. Her serving and a Haslee kill tied it at four. Allan followed with two aces and Tree added two kills. Tree, Apple and Haslee put up aces and, all of a sudden, it was 12-4 with VMS cruising. Wright served up the final point, which Apple put down, securing the league crown.
“Feels great,” Bossow said. “The team’s never done it before. I love being a senior on this team. So it feels awesome.”
Extra Sets: VMS next plays Ouray at Homecoming. But, before that, there’s the little matter of SATs. “I have SATs the morning of Homecoming so I’m excited for the volleyball game, but I’m also a little nervous for SATs,” Haslee said. VMS finishes the regular season at Vail Christian and with a home game against Ridgway next week. … CU volleyball coach Pii Aiu was in the stands Tuesday night. He’s in town to visit with Bossow, who has committed to the Buffs next fall.