Vail Christian volleyball sweeps past VMS
EAST VAIL — Vail Christian volleyball’s Remy Beveridge has a lot to say.
Before just about every point in the Saints’ 25-23, 25-9, 25-8 victory at Vail Mountain School on Tuesday night, the junior started barking out a chain of commands like a quarterback.
“Just calling the hitters, so you know if the setter’s live or dead, so whether you need to jump on her, whether she can tip or jump or if she’s in the back row,” Beveridge said. “They rotated setters about 10 times. It’s just their serve receive pattern, or their serve pattern. We have the same one, so you can see where they are and what they do.”
OK, in English, via Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander:
Beveridge is identifying how many hitters the opposition has. Whether the setter’s “live” depends on if she’s in the back row or not. If said setter is up front, she can be a part of the formal attack and is “live.” If she’s in the back, aka “dead,” she doesn’t need to be shadowed defensively. Then, Beveridge calls out the hits, which the Saints will execute.
See that’s simple, right?
“She’s maturing with her decision-making,” Alexander said. “We’re working on what to set and when, and how to work the net to where our outsides can be open simply by moving the ball around vs. just throwing outside all the time.”
And after a tight first game, Vail Christian did just that and rolled along to up its record to 7-1 overall and 7-1 in the Slope’s Northern Division. And that was a nice bounce-back from a tough loss in three at West Grand on Friday.
“Our serving game dictates how we play,” Alexander said. “At West Grand, we served very, very poorly. We had just a down game. We couldn’t get it back together. This was good.”
Meanwhile, Vail Mountain (2-10, 1-7) looked sharper in the first game on Tuesday than it did in its first meeting with the Saints.
“What I really liked, too, was that the second game, they pressed,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “They tried to take it to another level. If a 2-9 team wants to go to another level, I’ll go with them. I was actually really pleased. They tried to play better. I think that was a great step for us. We said after the first game, ‘You’re playing with the best team in the conference.’ The next two games, they showed why they’re the best team in the conference.”
Vail Mountain has a nonconference game at Plateau Valley on Thursday and home for North Park on Friday. The Saints are at Saturday’s Queens of the Mountain Tournament at Battle Mountain, where they’ll face Middle Park, Aurora West College Prep, Alamosa, Golden and Battle Mountain.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.