Saints win on Senior Night
EDWARDS — And that is how Senior Night is meant to go.
It was a festive and emotional night for Vail Christian volleyball as the Saints took down Soroco, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, on Thursday.
Vail Christian is a whopping 15-2 overall and 10-0 in the Gore League, and that is largely due to a fantastic group of seniors who were honored before the game.
The volleyball Class of 2016 is Amanda Lingle, Julia Vlaar, Brittney Bossow, Addie Adkins, Taylor Alexander, Jessie Hartley, Remy Beveridge, Susan VanDerveer and Emma Janusz.
Numerically, the ladies are 49-16 during the past three years. That includes a state appearance in 2013, a Gore League championship in 2014, and possibly a bit more this fall.
There’s also the fact that coach Cathy Alexander is a mother to this group of seniors in more way than one.
“Taylor and Emma went to pre-school together,” coach Alexander said. “It’s obviously a little more emotional because I’ve known a lot of these girls as they’ve grown up. It’s fun to see them grow up. It’s fun to know they’re ready to go out on their own. It’s very rewarding to see the season they are having. We’ve worked hard to teach them to work hard. That’s our job as volleyball coaches, not so much teaching them volleyball, but life skills.”
And, while coach Alexander wanted Thursday to be about the seniors, there was also the fact that she is retiring at the end of the season. Her players surprised her with T-shirts honoring her during pregame, and Saints fans gave the coach a standing ovation.
Back to the task at hand, Vail Christian has two more league games left. The Saints are at DeBeque on Friday and then have what should be the de facto Gore League championship game at West Grand one week from today. Vail Christian would very much like to be the No. 1 seed out of the Gore League for districts, where the Gore and Mesa leagues cross over in postseason play.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.