Saints volleyball falls in four to Dragons
EDWARDS – A two-game lapse cost Vail Christian volleyball the match Saturday morning against DeBeque.
The Saints began with the momentum, but let it go after a first-game victory, and Vail Christian lost in four games – 13-25, 25-8, 25-16, 27-25.
In the first game, the Dragons kept the score close at the beginning, but the Saints pulled away for a relatively easy win.
However, the Saints’ large margin of victory in the first game was followed by a lackadaisicalness in the next two games.
“We came out very well in the first game. We were very focused; even in the fourth game,” said Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander. “But, we had mental breakdowns in the second and third games, and we let the other team control the momentum.”
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The Dragons scored the first eight points of the second game. And, despite three, crowd-pleasing blocks from Saints’ Rachel Glandorf, and a few strong kills from Kaley Hagerman, the Saints fell hard, 25-8.
“Kaley Hagerman played a fabulous match,” said Alexander. “She dug a lot of fantastic balls.”
Saints’ Lauren Mutter had a few unreturnable serves, and senior Brooke Horan-Kates had a huge block, but the Saints fell again, 25-16.
“Rachel and Brooke blocked very well today,” said Alexander. “But, the Dragons defense is very scrappy. They don’t let many balls drop. So, you have to be on top of your game to beat them.”
The fourth game went back-and-forth until a couple of nice serves from Saints’ Nicole Parker and some key kills from Horan-Kates put Vail Christian up 15-12.
The Dragons kept themselves in striking distance, taking a 22-21 lead.
Horan-Kates tied the game at 24 with a clutch kill, but the Dragons took the next point after a stunning dig from Mutter.
The Dragons hit their next serve into the net, and the game was tied at 25.
But, DeBeuque took the next two points and the game, 27-25.
Glandorf led the Saints’ offense with eight kills. Horan-Kates and Hagerman added four kills apiece.
Mutter had 15 assists for the Saints, and Horan-Kates had three aces.
Glandorf led the defense with nine blocks, and Horan-Kates had four.
The Saints host the West Grand junior varsity Thursday at 6 p.m.
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