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Local spikers shine

Daily staff report
Special to the DailyFrom the back row and left to right: Head coach Brooke Horan-Kates, Brett Huntley (Summit), Kat Bolyard (VMS), Ashley Newborn (Eagle Valley), Lacey Gerard (Eagle Valley, Taylor James (Glenwood), Sierra Brill (VMS), Kates Raymond (Summit) Assistant coach Curtis Oliver; Front Row (L-R) Ellen Edgerton (VMS), Megan Asmussen (Eagle Valley), Monika Gehl (VMS), Larose Currie (Battle Mountain) and Anna Zangari (Summit).

Did you happen to note celebrity women’s hoops fans Condoleeza Rice as a Stanford Alum and fan, and RGIII (Heisman Trophy winner) supporter of the Baylor Bears and Brittany Griner this past weekend at the Women’s Final Four in Denver?

If you’re from the mountains, though, you’d be proud to notice another chapter in the steady upwards march of the Vail Volleyball Club 17-1 team as it won yet another Division in the Rocky Mountain Region (RMR) Power League.

This team, with athletes from five different high schools in the north central Rockies, started at the bottom of the Power League rankings in January as an unheralded, low-seeded new club in the USA Volleyball junior tournament structure.

Regardless, the VVC 17-1’s have advanced through the divisional structure with unerring determination and energy. This past weekend, they finished first in their pool once again, and won a crossover match to finish in first place in Division 4, earning further advancement in the final power tournament of the season.

Instead of finishing their regular season in Regional competition in Colorado, this team will head to Kansas City, Mo., on the weekend of April 14-16 to compete in their second Junior National Qualifier of the season, competing against a national field of teams from states such as Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The 64-team field will be battling over the highly sought-after bids to the USAV Junior National tournament, and the Vail Volleyball Club 17-1’s are looking to improve on their 37th-place (out of 88) at the Colorado Crossroads JNQ in early March.

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