Vail Christian makes regionals |

Vail Christian makes regionals

Joseph Harold | Special to the DailyVail Christian's Ashlyn Gruber (20) goes up for a shot against Norwood on Saturday at districts in Olathe. The Saints are moving on to regionals at Gunnison after compiling a 3-1 record this weekend.

OLATHE – On to Gunnison, Vail Christian.

Saints volleyball beat Nucla, 25-12, 25-18, 25-13, Saturday morning in the District 1 Volleyball Tournament semifinals in Olathe to advance to regionals.

Vail Christian fell in the final to Norwood, 23-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-17, but both the Saints and Mavericks will see each other again Saturday at Gunnison, when they’re joined by two squads from District 6, representing the southwestern portion of the state.

“The girls did a phenomenal job, playing early in the morning,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They were mentally prepared.”

And Nucla never had a chance in the critical district semifinal which assured a berth to regionals. Both Ashlyn Gruber and Dakota Francis were in double figures in kills. Kylie Alexander set them up nicely with 26 assists. Alexander had a double-double with 12 digs, as did Gruber (10 digs). Libero McKenzie O’Brien was her usual stellar self with 19 pick-ups.

The semifinal set up a rematch with Norwood. The Mavericks dusted the Saints in three at the season-opening tournament at Plateau Valley, so coach Cathy Alexander was pleased with the fact the Saints took Game 1 and extended Norwood to 27 points in Game 2.

“Night and day,” Alexander said. “And we have a week to make tweaks and I’m sure (Norwood) will too.”


Saints football falls at Caliche

If you’ve beaten Merino and Dayspring Christian, you’re pretty darn good.

Vail Christian football ended its season, running into a buzz saw in Plains Conference champion Caliche, 51-20, in crossover play Saturday.

The Buffaloes were just too much for the Saints, who finished the season 3-6.

Saints sophomore quarterback Austin Ellsworth completed 25 of 42 passes for 324 yards, including three touchdowns. He completed passes to six different receivers. He hooked up with Granger Moch, Teller Emmer and Nigel Johnsen.

“We’re a young team with a lot of talent,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “We drown as football players and young men this season and made good progress.”

In other crossover play, the Plains had its way with the Central League as Sedgwick County beat Central champ, 42-14. Dayspring Christian routed Soroco, 57-14 and Merino took apart Justice, 44-18.

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