Home, at last, Eagle Valley volleyball rolls
Devils take Sailors in three
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley volleyball remembered the way to its home gym on Thursday.
Though it had been nearly a month since its previous home game, the Devils felt quite comfortable in their digs, dispatching Steamboat Springs, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17.
“It was really crazy going to other people’s gyms and not having our crowd to support us. It was just great to have them behind us,” senior captain Kaitlin Medina said.
It’s been 27 days, to be precise, since the Devils beat Central in the season opener in five, but the student-body was ready.
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The gents were loud, seemingly all waving pom-poms and making a general nuisance of themselves in good spirit.
“We try to zone them out so that we can hear each other and focus on the game,” outside-hitter Sophia Rinn said. “But it’s nice to know that all the noise is in our favor.”
One thing, fellas, if you’re going to do the “shame” cheer, you need to get a bell to do the full “Game of Thrones” thing.
Eagle Valley had a complex serve-attack plan to disrupt Steamboat’s serve-receive.
“All week long, I told them, ‘Serve your favorite serve. All you have to do is pick your favorite serve and serve it all the time,'” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said.
First of all, it worked, so who’s to question it. Second of all, this is very much in keeping with how Rindy coaches.
While there are doubtless moments when she needs to get a point across, Rindy wants her team to have fun and let it fly. The coach firmly believes that fun translates to fun, aka winning.
On Thursday, there was jumping around on the bench, dancing in timeouts to the music being piped into the gym and general merriment. It works.
There are also a lot of reasons to be happy if you’re involved with Eagle Valley volleyball. Rinn is back from breaking her ankle last fall, part of a rash of injuries in 2018.
The junior had a terrific game on Thursday, as did classmate Clare Whelan, who’s new to the varsity. Medina is running the offense with Avery VanGoey in the 6-2. That formation frees up Medina to hit part-time.
Start throwing in Shelbi Lubbers, Meredith Murphy, Sky Lieurance, and Eliza Wetzel and the Devils have a lot of depth.
And that depth got deeper on Tuesday as Rindy was able to more players court time during the third set.
Eagle Valley hopes to keep the good times rolling on Tuesday when it heads to Glenwood Springs.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.