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Saints spikers get into win column

David L'Heureux

You have to go all the way back to the middle of the 2002 season to find a mark in the win column for the Vail Christian volleyball team.

That’s why the Saints’ 3-0 victory over the Ridgway Demons Saturday was so big.

The back-and-forth match started with Vail Christian getting out to a quick 3-0 lead behind the strong play of senior Brooke Horan-Kates and junior Rachel Glandorf. Both girls were a force at the net and from the service line.

“Brooke and Rachel had a lot of solo blocks at the net,” said Saint’s head coach Cathy Alexander. “These kids are learning some discipline, and learning to play our system. When you play within the system, the balls go where they’re supposed to.”

With the first game on the line, Glandorf scored on an amazing touch shot that went just out of the reach of Ridgway’s tall, front line. On the following point, she would score again with a thunderous kill that no Devil had a shot at.

That made the score 23-21. A couple of unforced Lady Devil errors after that gave Vail Christian the 25-21 win in Game 1.

Down 19-15 in the second game, there was a decisive turning point in the match. Vail Christian seemed like it was just about to let Ridgway back in it. However, Alexander called a timeout to help her team refocus, and it worked wonders on the Saints.

Sophomore, Nicole Parker, would come out firing from the service line and help lead her team on a 6-0 run, punctuated by a couple of Glandorf kills to put the home team up, 21-19.

“During that second game we almost let them back in the match,” said Alexander. “But, after the timeout, the girls decided to come back out and improve their attitudes and positioning, and we rallied.”

Just one game away from winning the match, the Saints came out on fire early in Game 3. Midway through the game, they found themselves up, 17-8.

Ridgway, who were playing their second game of the day, would not go away, though. Led by twin sisters Jamie and Jesse Saunders, and their big force in the middle Sierra McKenzie, the Devils fought their way back into it, cutting the deficit to 23-21.

Glandorf would once again answer the bell with perhaps her best kill of the game, making the score 24-21. From there, Vail Christian would hold on to win the game, 25-22, and finish the match.

The girls seemed to have a good time in their game Saturday, a fact that coach Alexander says is part of their philosophy.

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