Vail Christian volleyball sweeps Soroco
EDWARDS — Little things aren’t little.
Vail Christian volleyball did the little things that gave the Saints a 25-22, 26-24, 25-18 victory over visiting Soroco on Tuesday night at the Wheeler Athletic Center in Edwards.
For Soroco, it was a matter of finding something a little extra or avoiding that little mistake. The visiting Rams trailed just 20-19 in the first set, had a game point in the second stanza and were tied at 13 in the finale.
“I think it was little momentum changes, especially in the first and second games,” Soroco coach Jeannie Jo Logan said. “The girls played very consistent. They played hard all night long. They were in the match all three games. What I saw was some momentum shifts.”
For Vail Christian, it was another little thing, which turns into a big thing. Senior Sara Coulter had an off night hitting. What was nice for fans of the Saints was that junior Brittney Bossow stepped up and filled the void, picking up her teammate.
“What I also like is that we’re hitting in different spots all over the net, especially Brittney,” Cathy Alexander said. “She’s hitting outside, center and right. For our level, that 2A level, hitting hard, especially from the right side, is something you don’t see. We’re working on it. Sara had some great hits, but she had some errors as well. That’s going to happen.”
Bossow closed out the first game with a kill and an ace.
“It was so much fun,” Bossow said. “We practiced a lot of hitting yesterday, which helped.”
Down 24-23 in the second, a two-touch misplay pulled the Saints into a tie. Coulter, who, to her credit kept swinging, put down a huge kill, followed by a Ciara Heiden ace.
Vail Christian broke open a 13-13 tie in the third with two Soroco miscues and two aces from the Saints’ Remy Beveridge.
“We need to figure out how to get over that last point,” Logan said. “We’ve talked about it. We have a lot of season left to work it out. Starting Friday, we start all over.”
Soroco (6-4 overall and 3-3 in the 2A Slope’s Northern Division) is at the exact halfway point of its league slate. The Rams start the second go-round of the division with a date Friday at archrival Hayden. Vail Christian (6-1, 6-0) has its own rivalry of sorts tonight with 4A Battle Mountain making the trip down U.S. Highway 6 for a 6:30 p.m. start.
“Let’s have a good time playing and let’s see what happens,” Alexander said. “They’re at another level. The only thing I can say to the girls is to go out and experience that level. You never know what’s going to happen.”
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