Vail Christian opens new gym |

Vail Christian opens new gym

SPT VCVB 01 TS 09-06-08

EDWARDS, Colorado ” When you drove to Saturday’s Vail Christian volleyball game against West Grand from Vail on Highway 6, it was important to remember to make a right turn, as opposed to a left.

If you were coming from downvalley, it was a left turn, not a right one.

Vail Christian volleyball made a move of about 500 yards across Highway 6 Saturday, but it seemed like a much longer journey for all those involved.

After years of bouncing from gym to gym for practice and playing home games across the street at St. Clare, the Saints finally christened their new home gym. About the only problem with Vail Christian’s new digs is that West Grand spoiled the party, 18-25-, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19, which was rather rude of the Mustangs.

“It was fabulous,” said coach Cathy Alexander, who has been with the Saints through their nomadic past. “It’s wonderful to play in here, have all our fans here and be in our home gym. It’s great. You’ve got Vail Christian all over the sides. It’s awesome.”

Taking the tour

While the new gym has no official name ” The MutterDome, the Kingdome, the Topper Centre and the Charlie Alexander Pole Vault Pavilion are there for the taking ” it has a distinct Vail Christian feel.

One actually descends in the facility with the plaques of Saints’ athletes past already lining the catwalk above the gym floor. And there’s no doubt who plays there.

“Vail Christian” and “Saints” line the floor and are on the two scoreboards at opposite ends of the gym. The schools distinct triangular logo is at center court.

While that may seem like the total sum to those who sit in the seats, there’s much more behind the scenes. For the first time in school history, the Saints have their own locker rooms, a weight room and coaches’ offices.

“I like it. It’s super-nice,” senior Sammantha Francis said. “We’ve never really had a home before. It’s nice to have your own gym and your own stuff in the right spot and not get kicked out by karate and martial arts.”

New league

The gym isn’t the only thing new with the Saints this year. The old 1A Mountain League is defunct and Vail Christian is now in the 2A Slope, and that means stiffer competition like West Grand.

The Saints took Game 1 and led in Game 2 before things started to unravel.

“We still didn’t play very well, even in the first game,” Alexander said. “We just weren’t clicking. I don’t know if they were a little too nervous, didn’t want to mess up and wanted to win at the new gym, but it’s done, and over with. Now we move on.”

And it’s a big week for the Saints (3-2). Vail Christian is home for Aspen Tuesday and Meeker Friday before heading up to Hayden on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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