Hoo-wah: Gore Rangers win
EAST VAIL ” In front of a rowdy crowd, Vail Mountain volleyball made it a Spirit Week sweep with a sweep of Plateau Valley.
In about the only time VMS coach Mike Garvey was happy to see a Cowboys team lose, the Gore Rangers bounced Plateau Valley, 25-10, 25-16, 25-22, Saturday on the heels of the school’s soccer team also beating Aspen, 2-0.
And the only appropriate response, to quote junior Sean Minett, who was leading the cheers, was a Marine-style, “Hoo-wah.”
“Athletes know how to support athletes,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “They understand when we’re at a game how important it is to be at our game. What I like about it is that they’re having fun too. That makes for a great environment.”
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VMS was decidedly comfortable in Game 1, while the Cowboys were not. Plateau Valley made unforced errors and the Gore Rangers did not.
Birthday girl Brigitte Gehl got on a serving roll, dishing out six-straight points, including two aces for a 15-9 lead. Lynnie Somes kept that going from behind the line and the Gore Rangers won the first stanza.
“We’ve been working on getting our runs, putting long runs together and putting games out of reach,” Garvey said. “We did a good job of that.”
VMS tinkered, inserting younger players in Game 2, and didn’t seem to skip a beat. With Cynthia Edgerton in at setter, Alexis Kapriano on the back row and Amy Malouk at outside hitter, VMS cruised.
“It was good to see how well they did,” starting setter Molly Etters said.
VMS had a hard time jump-starting things in the third with its normal lineup, but held on with blocks from Gehl and Etters to ice the match.
“I think sometimes when you don’t have everybody in for three games, you lose a lot of rhythm,” Garvey said. “But that’s kind of the challenge we’re looking for. I think it was good patience on our part not to over-think and over-react in that third game.”
With the win, VMS moved to 6-2 in the 2A Slope and 9-6 overall. The Gore Rangers are in the mix for second place with West Grand and Hayden in the Slope, going into districts later this month. VMS lost to West Grand earlier this year, so the Mustangs have the tiebreaker if the teams end up tied. VMS hosts Hayden Saturday.
But before that is the matter of the Go Blue Vail Rivalry ” Vail Christian at Vail Mountain Friday at 6 p.m. Though it’s not a league game ” it will be next year as the Saints move up to 2A ” bragging rights are on the line.
“We always look forward to it,” Etters said. “It’s going to be a tough game. I know they’ve gotten a lot better over the years. I’m excited to see how we play against them.”
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