Local club spikers start year in Colorado Springs
Vail, CO Colorado
The indoor Rocky Mountain Region-USAV club volleyball began Sunday with locals under the banner of the Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division posting string finishes in tournaments around the state.
Finishing 12th overall in the RMR-USAV 16-under Division last year, the now-FRVBC-Mountain Division 17-Crimson (playing in the 17-under Division) started this year seeded 10th out of 49 teams.
The 17s squad, made up of some of the best players in their age group from all over the Western Slope struggled with opening-day jitters lost its first match at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs to their “sister” team, the Front Range 16-Red. But, the ladies rallied to win their next three matches, including a huge three-game victory against highly-ranked the NORCO Volleyball Club of Ft. Collins. The team finished 3-1 and took fifth place in 17’s Division II.
Although hampered by early-season injuries to two top players, the Mountain Division 17s stepped up their play following the opening season loss with two Eagle County players contributing consistency to the team throughout the day. Whitney Van Voorst, of Eagle Valley, a setter for the 17-Crimson team, filled in very well as an outside hitter, while Kelsey Plath of Battle Mountain provided solid passing and defense.
Coach Aaron Shepardson was very pleased with the way that his team responded after “their poor play early in the day.”
“We’ll have to learn to keep our composure more consistently throughout the day,” he said. “Our goal is to move up into Division I after the next tournament.”
Younger squad goes 1-3
Also playing in Colorado Springs, the FRVBC-Mountain Division 14-Ruby (14-and-under), coached by Jolene Shepardson, were having a little bit tougher time of it. The 14s struggled with first tourney serves at the end of each game of every match. Although the Mountain Division 14s played close matches against all of their opponents, they only managed a 1-3 match record for the day in 14s Division III.
“We did a great job in winning most of our longer rallies today” Jolene Shepardson said. “However, our players struggled when the score got tight. We’ll have to learn how to manage our nerves better for (the) Power 2 (Tournament).”
The Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division is in its third year of operation. Training out of Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards, the Mountain Division is training/competition program open to student-athletes from the Western Slope.