Saints mount comeback to win in five sets
NEWCASTLE – In volleyball there is a reset button.After each game, no matter how many mistakes are made, a team can start with a clean slate.Vail Christian used the reset button to its advantage Friday night against Coal Ridge, coming back after losing the first two games to win in five games.In the first two games, the Saints fell 26-24 and 25-23.”We had 15 service errors in the first two games,” said coach Cathy Alexander. “We actually played well in the first two games, though.”The Saints forgot about the scores of the first two games, but not the errors. In the next three games, Vail Christian stormed back, winning 25-11, 25-17, 17-15.Vail Christian heeded Alexander’s advice on improving the accuracy of their serves.”We only missed three serves in the last three games,” Alexander said. “Reducing errors was key.”While the first two games featured long rallies and back-and-forth scoring, the last three games were slower and one-sided.”The first two were probably the best games for speed,” Alexander said. “They were also close – we were within two points the whole time.”In the final game, Vail Christian went up 13-7 before allowing Coal Ridge to come back and tie the game at 15-15. After a missed serve by Coal Ridge, Vail Christian wasted no time and put the game away at 17-15.A team performance”It was a great comeback, to be able to lose two games and come back with enough confidence to win the match,” Alexander said. “It was a team effort.”The scoring was spread out among the team, with Kelly Bowles, Jackie Parker, Kristin McGinty and Kaley each recording five kills. With Nicole Parker out of the lineup, Britni Beagley was the sole spotter in the 5-1 offense.Alexander was pleased with the setting and the hustle on the court.”We chased down some balls that in the past we may not have gotten to,” Alexander said. “We had a lot of digs; we received the ball well, and passed well.”Coal Ridge wasn’t a big hitting team, Alexander said, and consequently, Vail Christian didn’t have a lot of blocks. While the Saints didn’t win many points on blocks, they were able to gain big leads in the third and forth games by keeping rallies alive.Molly Brooks played well at the net, making quick decisions. Other younger players continue to improve as they gain experience.”We had three sophomores and a junior playing,” Alexander said.The Saints continue league play today at home against Crested Butte.Sports writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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