Vail Christian spikers sweep Vail Mountain
EDWARDS – Vail Christian swept cross-town rival Vail Mountain School in the first of two meetings between the 2A foes.
The Saints won three straight in the best-of-five match, 25-22, 25-12 and 25-19.
“We played an awesome match,” said Cathy Alexander, Vail Christian’s coach. “Vail Mountain School is always a good game for us.”
The match was disappointing for the Gore Rangers, said coach Mike Garvey.
The good news is that Tuesday was the first of two shots they have at the Saints, and it’s not the end of the world. You can’t even see it from there.
“We’ll go back into practice, work on some things and be a whole new team,” Garvey said. “We just didn’t have it tonight. The next time we play, we will.”
When the Saints’ technique went south for a few minutes, they made it up in toughness, Alexander said.
“We didn’t pass as well as we have in some of our previous matches, but we played tough,” Alexander said.
In the opener, Vail Christian’s Ashlyn Gruber drilled a couple so hard it looked like she was trying to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“Ashlyn hit well tonight. She showed real leadership through her play, especially when we were struggling in that third game,” Alexander said.
The two teams see-sawed to a 7-7 tie, but Vail Christian came up with some dinks, some kills and all the stuff you need to build a lead.
The Gore Rangers took advantage of a couple Saints mistakes, followed by some strong serving by Clare Elich and a seeing-eye kill by Kristina Bock pulled the Rangers to within one, 23-22.
But the Saints reeled off two straight to put the first game away 25-22.
The second game started much the same way for Vail Christian. Emily Irwin reeled off a couple straight serves, Gruber and Tracy Salgado added a couple kills and it was 11-5.
VMS rallied when Hannah McKeever served an ace, Elich added two more and VMS was back in it 13-11.
But that was about it. Vail Christian used some deep dinks, a couple kills and an ace to put the second game away 25-12.
In the third game, VMS came out hitting the Saints with everything but a lawsuit and rolled to a 5-0 lead.
The Saints chipped away. McKenzie O’Brien dove to the neighboring zip code to dig out a floater to the back corner, Vail Christian scored on a couple dinks, a couple kills and an ace, finally drawing even at 11-11.
VMS rolled out to another short-lived lead, but Gruber hit a kill added a couple serves and the Saints tied it 17-17. The Saints took the lead for good when Paris Baker nailed a kill down the middle, and they rolled to a 25-19 win in the third and final game of the best-of-five match.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org