Vail Christian volleyball earns regional spot |

Vail Christian volleyball earns regional spot

Special to the Daily/Mark BeagleyVail Christian's Kristin McGinty slams one down during the District 1 Volleybal Tournament at Olathe last weekend. The Saints wen 3-1 to advance to Saturday's regional tournament in Gunnison.

OLATHE ” Vail Christian volleyball is headed back to Gunnison for a second straight year.

The Saints went 3-1 this weekend at the District 1 Tournament to clinch a spot and continue its quest for a second-straight 1A state appearance. Vail Christian (20-3) will face La Veta (22-1), Dove Creek (16-7) and Mountain Valley (20-3) on Saturday.

Vail Christian started the tournament by avenging its only 1A Mountain League loss of the year, pounding Ridgway, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

“The girls came out strong,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “They knew that playing well would do the job. Ridgway thought they had us beaten after the last time we played. We jumped on them right away.”

The Saints won their pool by taking down longtime foe North Park, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25 11.

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“After losing the third game, there was no messing around,” Alexander said. “In the last two games against North Park, we had great passing and that just set up the hitting.”

The kills came in bushels. Kristin McGinty had 10 as did Kelly Bowles.

Vail Christian punched its ticket to regionals with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-18 pounding of Crested Butte. In the district finals, the Saints fell to Dove Creek, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21.

“There were a bunch of close games,” Alexander said. “We shouldn’t have lost. We’ll get to see them next week. They’re a well-rounded team just like us. We just can’t go in there and make unforced errors.”

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