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Ridgway deals Vail Christian its first league loss

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
VCVB Scores PU 9-29-07

RIDGWAY ” Any team can bask in the glory of a win. But it take some true character to respond to a loss.

Following a solid win Friday night against Ouray, Vail Christian volleyball fell to Ridgway in three games Saturday.

“There are two things that this can do,” said Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander. “It can tear each other apart, or it can make a team stronger. We’ve decided it’ll make us stronger.”

The Saints, who are an impressive 14-2 overall and still hold first place in league at 5-1, took down Ouray 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 Friday night.

“They did a good job of playing at a high level against a team that wasn’t playing at a high level,” Alexander said. “We hit well, passed very well. It was a good team effort. (Saturday) was a different story. We weren’t clicking on all cylinders and there were some struggles. And Ridgway played phenomenally.”

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Ridgway, sparked by the play of one of its hitters, took down the Saints, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19.

“We did the best we could with the circumstances surrounding the match and it didn’t happen,” Alexander said. “It’s OK. It gives us something to work on and is a challenge for us as a team going into districts.

“Had it been a different day, we could have risen to the occasion. One mistake doesn’t mean we’re a bad team.”

Vail Christian has a big week ahead, going to Soroco on Tuesday, playing in-valley rival Vail Mountain on Friday and then hosting Crested Butte to close out the regular season Saturday.

“The girls are fighters and we’ll come back and do the best we can and we’ll use the gifts God has given to us,” Alexander said.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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