Vail Christian starts districts well
OLATHE – Good night, Olathe. Saints volleyball is going to bed.
Vail Christian took care of business on Day 1 of its district tournament, beating Plateau Valley, 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, 25-15, and Dove Creek, 25-8, 25-17, 25-23. The Saints won their pool and take on Nucla today in the critical semifinals.
“The girls are doing really well,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They’re very focused. We had good ball control and good ball handling. I’m very proud of them. But tomorrow, we have to start all over. The winner stays and the loser goes home, so we’re all going to bed right now.”
As heads hit the pillow, Vail Christian was in good shape to advance to next week’s regional tournament. The Saints did their part and so did Norwood. The Mavericks, considered the favorite in the six-team field, won their pool. With the top two teams from districts advancing, the Mavs and Saints could only meet in the district final after both teams had clinched regional berths.
The Saints need to beat Nucla this morning, while Norwood takes on Dove Creek in the semifinals. Vail Christian is the favorite against Nucla, but …
“Anybody can beat anybody,” Alexander said. “We have to take care of the ball and not give away points.”
In the first match Friday against Plateau Valley, Kylie Alexander served up 10 aces, while Ashlyn Gruber put down 20 kills and Dakota Francis seven. McKenzie O’Brien did indeed make Olathe her back yard with 46 digs.
It was more of the same for the Vail Christian (18-3) against Dove Creek as the Saints cruised in three, and went to bed.
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