Saints get out ‘A’-live
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Saints must hold the virtue of humility in very high esteem.The Vail Christian volleyball team emerged from a day of daunting competition with a respectable 1-4 record. The Saints faced four teams, which pitted nothing less than 3A status against the single “A,” representing the size of Vail Christian High School.The Saints began the Glenwood Springs Denon International on Saturday with two 5A teams, Grand Junction Central and Montbello. The squad lost both best-of-three-game matches – to Grand Junction Central (25-9, 25-18) and to Montebello (25-18, 25-23) – but not without a fight.”We’ve never won a match at that tournament before,” said Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander. “Grand Junction Central was the best team we played, and we actually played very well. We dug a lot of balls and played really well. I’m pleased with the whole tournament.”The Saints fell to Roaring Fork (25-16, 25-20).In their fourth match, the 1A Saints defeated 5A Montbello in a rematch (25-14, 25-22).”We played very consistent. The first time we played Montbello, we missed about eight or nine serves. I think we missed two serves for the match and passed very well,” said Alexander. “We played very nice ‘read defense,’ where you have to read the situation and play around it.”The Saints lost their final match to Hotchkiss (25-23, 25-15).”Everybody played well. We had some great showings from everybody,” said Alexander. “Within that last game, we learned that we have to keep the momentum on our side. We were up – gosh, I hate to say it – probably, 20-12, in the first game of that match, and let them kind of sway some momentum.”So, we’re learning lessons with every match, and we hope to carry them into our first league game, which is Saturday, against Ouray.”Vail Christian played a libero – a defensive specialist – on the court for the tournament. Molly Brooks and Karlie Peterson held down the libero spots in the back row. The Saints’ setters were Lauren Mutter and Nicole Parker. The Saints’ Bradie Beagley and Rachel Glandorf loomed as the big hitters. Jackie Parker and Britni Beagley came off the bench and played solid as outside hitters. Kaley Hagerman had a fine day as a passer.”I’m excited. We came out of the tournament playing big teams, and holding our own,” said Alexander. “We had lots of compliments from schools and refs that had seen us in the past.”The Saints host Ouray on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Clare in Edwards.Andrew Harley can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.