Saints quartet awarded all-league honors
EDWARDS — Simply put, there are just some good stories that come with Vail Christian volleyball’s all-league selections.
There is no Player of the Year award for the 2A Gore Range League. But when the seven coaches got together to select the circuit’s best, one name was ranked No. 1 by all six of the other coaches not named Cathy Alexander — Remy Beveridge.
As with all all-league voting, regardless of the sport, a coach can’t vote for her or his player — Beveridge had her coach’s vote anyway.
“Ice cold Beveridge/Beverage,” as the Saints student section yells, was a unanimous No. 1. (College football should be so lucky.)
The Saints junior setter ran the show with aplomb this fall. Not only did she put her hitters in a position to succeed, but she displayed a deep knowledge of the game, which makes her a coach on the court.
“She spread out the offense, learning to pick the hitter who was hitting well,” Alexander said. “She can see the game and knows it well and leads. She knows what’s going on on our side of the court and on their side. She’s very consistent and the kid has a heart like no other.”
And while she’s a junior academically, remember that this is only her second year in high school volleyball. Beveridge broke her arm freshman year and didn’t play.
Praise from Caesar
Coach Alexander has a little experience when it comes to playing defense. She lettered all four years she played at Baylor, and her first two years were as a defensive specialist.
Saints libero Baylee Wiemer has her coach’s seal of approval as well as an all-league award.
“It’s more fun to stop that spike than it is to hit it,” Alexander said. “Baylee had a great year. She’s a quiet leader. She did her job and did it well. She’s a great example for the younger kids.”
And, by the way, Wiemer had a bad back all season. With a healthy back, it’s hard going to the floor repeatedly and coming up with digs and good passes. Bad back? Ouch.
A funny moment at the coaches’ meeting came when Britney Bossow’s name came up. Officially, the junior was a middle blocker for the Saints. But Alexander spent a good portion of the season trying to figure out that role for Bossow.
“A few coaches thought she was an outside hitter, and they were right. I played her as an outside hitter against them,” Alexander said. “A few coaches thought she was a middle blocker. I played her there, too. A few even thought she played right side.”
That’s a nice way of saying Bossow, probably best at outside, sacrificed personal accomplishments for what the team needed. She’s an honorable-mention pick at, hmm … on the front row. Let’s leave it at that.
Sara Coulter is an honorable mention pick by the coaches of the Gore League. She had an outstanding year in helping the Saints to their second league title at the 2A level.
She crushed spikes, served well and passed well.
And she was having vision problems all the while.
“She worked hard from last year to this year to get her ball to be more consistent,” Alexander said. “She worked hard on her defense, whereas I took her out last year when she got to the back row. When you’re battling vision issues, learning to pass and hit is a big deal.”
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