Saints volleyball downs Battle Mountain in four on Tuesday
EDWARDS — For the first time in four years, Vail Christian volleyball pulled the upset against Battle Mountain.
The Saints won in four games, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20, on Tuesday night. We insert all the disclaimers:
• It’s a nonconference game.
• It likely will not have much of an effect on either teams’ postseason chances.
• These two teams will likely meet again at the Queen of the Mountain Tournament on Oct. 10 at Battle Mountain.
Nonetheless, the Saints doubtless could have floated their way back to their campus 3 miles to the west after downing the Huskies.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Saints senior setter Remy Beveridge said. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here. We play them every year, and we haven’t taken a set off of these guys. To win is absolutely amazing.”
Theoretically, the formula for Vail Christian beating Battle Mountain is to have a senior named Alexander. Kylie Alexander was the team’s setter in 2011, when the Saints last beat the Huskies. (Ashlyn Gruber and McKenzie O’Brien were also a big part of that one.) Taylor Alexander, an outside hitter, is a senior on this bunch.
But the heroes for the Saints were Marti Schmidt and Brittney Bossow. They had the unenviable task of blocking Battle Mountain’s Jordan Brandt.
“That was their job and they did awesome,” Beveridge said.
“This win will give the kids some confidence they didn’t necessarily think they had,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They played well. We still have a lot of serve-reception work to do. Tonight, Battle Mountain struggled a little bit, and that happens to all of us. We’ll play them again, and it could be a different story. They could all be on. I respect them as an opponent. Not always will this happen, but we played well tonight.”
Vail Christian overcame eight serving errors in Game 1 alone. Meanwhile, it was pretty obvious that Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald was not happy with the unforced errors his team committed.
“Vail Christian came in and executed their game plan very well tonight,” Fitzgerald said. “They passed well, hit well and really limited their errors to a controllable number, which we did not.”
The Saints (6-0) host North Park on Friday night at 5 before hitting the road to face Caliche on Saturday. Don’t drive to wherever Caliche is, however. The two teams meet at Denver Christian in Lafayette.
Meanwhile the Huskies (2-4) return to league play tonight at home against Summit County.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.