Vail Christian spikers net five on all-league roll
EDWARDS — The volleyball season continues for Taylor Alexander.
Not only is the Vail Christian senior outside hitter an all-league selection, but she’s taking her talents to Arvada West on Saturday for the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Game. The 2A ladies play at 10:30 a.m.
Alexander, setter Remy Beveridge and outside Ciara Heiden are first-teamers for the Gore League, while Britney Bossow and Jessie Hartley were honorable mentions.
A standard reminder for awards season — a coach cannot vote for his or her player in a any sport. The coaches, whose teams were on the receiving end of Alexander’s powerful spikes, made the rather obvious conclusion to vote for her.
“Speaking as a coach, she’s a very natural leader,” the Saints’ Cathy Alexander, aka Mom, said. “She can look at you with a sweet face and say, ‘Let’s pick it up.’”
Taylor Alexander returned to the court after missing her junior season with shoulder injuries, incurred in her other athletic pursuit — pole-vaulting.
Beveridge is the young lady usually setting up Alexander or Heiden, and she has been a coach on the court.
“That kid’s mind can do more at once than any other player I’ve seen,” Alexander the coach said. “She can keep score, know who’s at what position, how everyone’s serving. I don’t know how she does it.”
Heiden is the only junior of the Vail Christian contingent.
“Her maturity level from last year to this year was fantastic,” Alexander said. “Instead of placing the ball, she started putting quickness into her arm swing. She worked hard to become an all-around player and this is going to be a huge blessing for next year’s program.”
And that’s important as coach Alexander announced her retirement this fall. She is the 2A Gore League Coach of the Year. While she joked that the award was “a parting gift,” the Saints’ 17-4 record in 2015 may attest otherwise.
VMS nabs three
EAST VAIL — Middle-blocker Holly Parker and freshman Sarah Evans, who saw time at both setter and outside hitter, are all-league for Vail Mountain volleyball, while middle-blocker Morgan Harty was honorable mention.
“It’s great,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said. “We’ve all worked together for a while when I was the JV coach. Having varsity experience, they all did a great job and I’m proud of them.”
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