Tuesday’s Vail Valley preps wrap
EDWARDS, Colorado – Battle Mountain volleyball is just unbeatable at home.OK, it was the Huskies’ first match Tuesday in their new palatial gym at the school’s new campus, but the Huskies are undefeated in Edwards.Battle Mountain downed Summit County, 25-21, 16-25, 25-15, 25-12, for its first win of the season.”It’s a nice feeling,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “We still have a lot to work on, and we talked about that in the locker room. Summit played well, and there were times we error-ed our way out of the match, but we got that win under our belts.”The Huskies’ Sammy Milletich had four aces, while Cara Murbach had 10 digs. In the fourth and decisive game, the big guns got going for Battle Mountain. Krista Norris put down five kills, and Hannah Ellison was hitting at a 0.750 clip.Battle Mountain moved its record to 1-2 and opens the 4A Slope with Palisade at home on Thursday.”We’re excited to get in a game rhythm,” Bossow said. “We’re excited to start league. It’s good to be going into league knowing that wins are within our reach if we play well on our side of the net.”Tuesday’s match was Bossow’s first as a head coach.Soccer -CarbondaleVail Mountain 3, Roaring Fork 2And keeping on theme, Vail Mountain School soccer coach Slade Cogswell also got his first coaching win Tuesday.More to the point, VMS soccer got its first win of the season, coming back on the road against Roaring Fork for a 3-2 win. The Gore Rangers finished a brutal season-opening road trip that went through Basalt, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Aspen and, finally, Roaring Fork.”The boys are making progress every game, and it’s been hard since we’ve had four games in eight days,” Cogswell said. “It’s also encouraging to win on the road. It feels like there’s some new energy in our camp, and hopefully, we can bring it to our turf.”VMS has its home opener Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bandoni Alumni Field against Coal Ridge.Charlie Grant got VMS’ first goal Tuesday. Down 2-1 to the Rams in the second half, VMS rallied behind a beautiful one-timer from Austin Cerny off a pass from John Landreth. Minutes later, Grant pumped in the game winner.At first glance, it may seem VMS got a bit bruised on the road trip with losses to Basalt, CRMS and Aspen, but this is shaping up as a strange year in the 3A Slope. VMS lost to CRMS, 3-0, but the Oysters have beaten Basalt, a traditional league power. VMS also lost to Aspen, but then the Skiers also have lost to Roaring Fork.Stay tuned.Volleyball – AspenVail Christian 3, Aspen 0Vail Christian volleyball earned another nice notch in its belt by downing 3A Aspen on Tuesday night on the road, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.The 2A Saints are now 2-0 against 3A competition this year after beating Grand Valley earlier this season.Vail Christian played its best game of the season, according to Saints coach Cathy Alexander, in the opening stanza of Tuesday’s match against the Skiers.”We were down 7-1, and I called a timeout. We just came out clicking,” Alexander said. “Our passing was great. Our block was there, the attack, the serving. Everything was working well. Hopefully, we can put that together for a whole match.”In the meantime, Vail Christian is 6-1 heading into Friday’s league opener at Meeker. Against the Skiers, Brook Bowles had 12 kills, while Ashlyn Gruber put down seven points. Kylee Alexander helped run the offense with 17 assists.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.