Preps wrap for Tuesday, Aug. 25: Devils, Huskies volleyball pick up wins, VMS soccer falls to Rams
GYPSUM — For a team that’s still in the “Hi-my-name-is, getting-to-know-you” phase of the season, Eagle Valley volleyball seems to be in pretty solid shape.
Coming off a 10-day break from its opener, the Devils swept Montrose, 25-23, 26-24, 26-24, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Gypsum.
First, do remember the Indians beat Eagle Valley in four sets last year. Second, Montrose is a bit of a measuring stick for most Western Slope squads.
“Montrose is always good,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “It was a tough match. They didn’t give us any free points.”
Shelbi Lubbers and Sophia Rinn both had big nights at the net with nine kills each as well as multiple blocks.
Junior Sky Lieurance bounced back from an epileptic seizure in practice recently to playing good defense against the Indians. As a note, coach Rindy says that Lieurance is vocal about her neurological disorder, including being the major reason that the team will have a Think Purple night, for epilepsy awareness in October.
The win over Montrose gives the Devils (2-0) confidence going into this weekend’s Regis Jam. There the Devils will see Pueblo South and Kent Denver in addition to two opponents to be determined.
Huskies top VMS in four
Battle Mountain gained a measure of revenge with a 17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-12 victory over the Vail Mountain School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in East Vail.
The Gore Rangers, by classification, scored an upset of the Huskies last year.
This give-and-take is indicative of the friendly nature of the Huskies-Gore Rangers rivalry. Both coaches, Battle Mountain’s Jason Fitzgerald and VMS’ Whitney Armistead, have formed a mutual-admiration society about the two teams playing each other on an annual basis, and there’s a chance the two teams could meet again at the Queen of the Mountain Tournament at the end of September in Edwards. Stay tuned.
For the Huskies, Marilyn Ricca had a breakout game with what Fitzgerald called the “big arm” on Tuesday. The traditional group of Lillian Benway, Eleanor Sheahan and Tatum Huffman were hitting away, but Ricca’s presence up front might be something to watch as Battle Mountain (3-0) tries to diversify its attack.
Carly Post, Mason Lyon and libero Audrey Wright were big on defense and Ava Spangler continues to develop in the role of setter.
For VMS (0-1), Sarah Evans was Sarah Evans, which means she was handful. Coach Armstead was also impressed with middle-blocker Lexi Linafelter.
Both teams start league play soon with VMS hosting North Park on Friday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. and Battle Mountain is at Glenwood Springs on Sept. 6.
VMS soccer falls to Rams
So Vail Mountain School soccer beat Eagle Valley, 2-0, on Saturday, Aug. 25, and lost to Roaring Fork, 2-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The thing is that Gore Rangers coach Alex Darbut thought his defense played better in the 2-0 loss.
Soccer’s a funny game that way, but VMS made progress on Tuesday in beefing up the back line, a big priority in the early season.
“We just had better communication throughout the defense,” Darbut said. “We played a good game. Roaring Fork played a good game. It just ended up that way.”
VMS (1-1 overall and 0-1 in the 3A Slope) is at Battle Mountain on Friday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.