Saints move on to regionals |

Saints move on to regionals

OLATHE -You may remember Norwood from such previous episodes as “Vail Christian volleyball plays this team over and over in the postseason.”

So it didn’t come a surprise that Norwood and Vail Christian met in the District 1 Tournament finals Saturday with the Mavericks knocking off the Saints, 20-25, 25-21, 25-12, 22-25, 15-12.

But since the two teams met in the finals, both Norwood and Vail Christian had already advanced to next week’s regional tournament in Gunnison and will play again, possibly with a state berth on the line.

“We were down 7-1 in the fifth game, and I used my second timeout,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. ” I told them, ‘However you end the day, you’re going to end it playing aggressively.’ Sure enough, they kept hitting and passing, but 7-1 is too much of a hole.”

Vail Christian and Norwood butting heads should surprise absolutely no one in Saints’ blue, white and silver. The two teams met three times last season with the Mavericks winning in the regular season and at districts, but with the Saints getting Norwood at regionals.

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Vail Christian knocked off Norwood at the season-opening tournament at Plateau Valley this year. Norwood returned the favor Saturday and Round 3 is next weekend.

The Saints took care of business as necessary to qualify for regionals. Friday, they swept North Park and defeated Dove Creek in five to win their pool. In the critical crossover Satuday, Vail Christian took on Plateau Valley for the fourth time this season, downing the Cowboys in three.

“We’re good friends,” Alexander joked.

Norwood and Vail Christian (20-3) will meet up with the two qualifiers from the District 6 Tournament in Gunnison for a round-robin with the top-two teams punching their tickets to the 1A state tournament.

Devils eliminated

DURANGO – Eagle Valley volleyball’s season came to an end Saturday in the crossover game of the District 8 Tournament with a three-set loss to host Durango.

The Devils (15-7) had hoped to avoid playing Durango until the finals, but lost to Montrose in pool play in five games for the second time this season. Eagle Valley recovered to knock off Steamboat Springs for the third time, but the Demons were too much in the semifinals.

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