Vail Christian beats Gore Rangers in four
EAST VAIL — Happy birthday, Remy Beveridge.
Beveridge and Vail Christian celebrated with a 25-17, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18 victory at the Vail Mountain School in what was essentially the Homecoming match for both schools.
In fact, Saints fans sang her “Happy Birthday” after the third game.
“I was like over here, girls,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander joked about trying to get her team’s attention back on the huddle. “Let’s just get Remy a win and be done.”
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Keys to the Ferrari
Theoretically, this was a road game for the Saints, but both sides had vocal fans cheering throughout the match, particularly Vail Mountain’s soccer team and Vail Christian’s football squad. The best cheer of the night came after Beveridge serves when the football team chanted, “Ice cold beverage.”
“Our boys are so awesome,” Beveridge said. “We love having them. They’re with us a lot, and we miss them when they’re not.”
Beveridge had a rough freshman year, health-wise. She hurt her wrist during last year’s volleyball season, and then did her knee before basketball even began. This year, she’s good and she’s been given the keys to a Ferrari as the team’s setter.
“It’s so great. I’m so excited. We’re finally coming together,” Beveridge said. “You just have to pay attention to see where the blockers are. You can’t go middle, middle, middle, middle. You want to move it around.”
Too Many Weapons
Middle, middle, etc., actually doesn’t seem to be the worst idea. Celia Smith was terrifying (in a good way), and Kristen Currey also had a very good match. But the point is well-taken with Taylor Alexander and Sara Coulter on the outside.
And that was too many weapons for VMS to contain Friday night.
“We have seven matches left to play,” said VMS coach Mike Garvey, whose team fell to 5-7 overall and 4-3 in the 2A Slope. “To me that’s opportunity, an opportunity to get better, an opportunity to improve, an opportunity to prepare for the postseason. But we had moments during this match where we played our best volleyball of the year.”
Meanwhile, Vail Christian (12-5, 6-2) is looking good to snag the No. 1 seed in the 1A district tournament come postseason. (This is our seasonal reminder that the Saints play in the 2A Slope during the regular season, but drop down to 1A for the playoffs.)
VMS hosts Plateau Valley today at 1:30 after the school’s soccer team greets Basalt at 11 a.m. The Saints turn to football as they host West Grand at Battle Mountain. The Vail Christian volleyball team wraps the regular season with North Park and Hayden next weekend.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.