Vail Christian, Vail Mountain fall at districts
Vail, CO Colorado
PAONIA, Colorado ” Both the Vail Christian and Vail Mountain volleyball seasons came to end on Saturday at the 2A District 5 Tournament. The Saints came within one victory of advancing to regionals, but a four-game loss to Rangely ended their season.
Vail Christian scored a huge, five-set victory over rival Vail Mountain to start the day. The Gore Rangers grabbed an early lead over the Saints by winning two of the first three games. The Saints fought back to win the next two, 25-18 and 15-10, to advance into the crossover game.
“The girls just made a change,” Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander said. “They decided to up their energy, their communication. We had to start hitting again.”
The Saints ran into No. 1 seed Meeker in their next match. Vail Christian nearly pulled off upsets in Games 1 and 2, but it fell both times by the score of 25-23. In the last game of the match, Meeker knocked off the Saints, 25-11.
“At that point, we were a little tired,” Alexander said. “A little shell-shocked. The effort was there. They played really well.”
Even after the loss to Meeker, Vail Christian had a chance to advance to regionals with a win against Rangely. The Saints came out strong with a 25-21 win, but the team ran out of gas, losing the next three games to end the year.
Vail Christian loses seniors Allie Parker, Michelle Discher and Sammy Francis, but the future looks bright with so many young players gaining experience this year.
“We are very excited,” Alexander said. “We ended up like 10-13. I am pleased with the fact that we had a good season. I’m very proud of the girls.”
Gore Rangers play hard
Vail Mountain went into the tournament with high hopes, but the Gore Rangers lost all three of their matches in the tournament. In its first two matches, against Hayden and Rangely, VMS played well, but it wasn’t enough to overtake either team.
“I think the girls went in playing well and gave themselves a chance,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “I think we were a better team than our six-seed. I think it was one of the best district tournaments I’ve seen.”
The Gore Rangers lost the five-set battle to Vail Christian to end their season.
“I was really pleased with their character to come out and play hard,” Garvey said. “It was awkward scenario for us. We wanted Vail Christian to go on if we couldn’t, but we were the team that determine it.”
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.
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