Vail Christian bounces back, drubs Soroco in four
Vail, CO Colorado
OAK CREEK ” Like any team coming off a tough loss, Vail Christian volleyball went straight to what works best Tuesday night against Soroco ” solid team play.
The Saints took the first game, overcame a short lapse, then cruised to beat the Rams, 25-20, 24-26, 25-8, 25-8 and improve to 15-2 overall following Saturday’s loss to Ridgway.
“We came out really strong, and really jumped hard to a good lead,” said Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander. “They played fabulously as a team and supported each other and that’s just what we needed.”
The second game, in which the Saints tensed up a bit, was but a passing thought come games three and four.
“We went out playing in desperation to win instead of how we normally play, but hung with them and playing point-for-point,” Alexander said. “In the third and fourth games, we settled in, communicated well, hit well and blocked well.”
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Alexander was pleased that the Rams gave the Saints a real fight in the first two games.
“We need to have some challenges to come back from,” she said. “We changed our focussmore on reaching certain point goals, like getting to 20 or 25, which took their focus more off the big picture.”
Kristen McGinty led the Saints in kills with 10, followed by Molly Brooks (7), Allie Parker (4), Bianca Jensen (4) Sammantha Francis (3) and Kelly Bowles (3). Brooks tallied four blocks, one more than McGinty.
Friday, Vail Christian heads to Vail Mountain for the highly-anticipated rivalry matchup that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m so excited,” Alexander said. “We always go to four or five games and it’s within two points the whole time.”
While Friday’s contest will be non-league action this season, the Saints will move up to the 2A Western Slope next year to join the Gore Rangers.
Saturday, the Saints host Crested Butte at a time yet to be determined after the Titans play the Gore Rangers early in the morning. Vail Christian will be looking to wrap up a second straight league title Saturday.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.