In 2A, Gore Rangers turned heads
Vail, CO Colorado
EAST VAIL ” This Sunday’s 2A All-state volleyball game will have plenty of girls fresh off last weekend’s state tournament.
As tradition has it, the bulk of the All-state squad is filled with players whose teams made it deep into the postseason. Vail Mountain setter Molly Etters played her last match with the Gore Rangers almost three weeks ago, but gets one more chance to show her stuff Sunday.
“It’s the first time as a school we’ve had somebody make the All-state game when we weren’t in the state tournament,” said Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey. “It says a lot about the quality of play for Molly.”
Etters will represent the Gore Rangers, who moved up to 2A only two years ago and took second place in league this year.
“It was really exciting hearing from Garvey what other coaches had to say about me in the meetings,” Etters said. “It’s nice because our team knew we could have made it past districts and it’s exciting for me to end it on this note.”
Etters stood out during the season in her leadership and play.
“When the team needed a big point, Molly was able to find a way to do it,” Garvey said. “Scoring as a setter is difficult to do.”
Although Etters hasn’t set for anyone on the All-state team before, she’ll have a similar middle hitter.
“It will be a challenge, but exciting to see variety,” she said. “Garvey told me they have a left-handed middle hitter … like Chanda (Wilcox).”
Wilcox, who finished many of Etters sets during the season, was named All-conference along with Etters and Elsie Macsata, while Lynnie Somes was honorable mention.
“Our second place finish in league gave us a lot of recognition,” Garvey said. “We’ve established ourselves as someone who will be competitive in the 2A league.”
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.