Vail Christian volleyball sweeps VMS in East Vail
EAST VAIL — Vail Christian volleyball’s Taylor Alexander is an equal-opportunity employer.
A two-time state champion in pole vault, Alexander ripped up her right shoulder during her sophomore year. As a junior, she tore her labrum and bicep in her left shoulder.
Both joints appeared to be in good working order on Thursday as Alexander and the Saints took down the Vail Mountain School in three, 25-13, 25-12, 25-15, in East Vail.
“It’s so fun. I don’t think I realized how much I missed it until I started playing again,” said Alexander, who sat out last season with teammate Julia Vlaar. “I think watching last year helped us get better.”
Vail Christian appeared to be humming along nicely against the Gore Rangers, running its record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Gore League.
“It’s good,” coach Cathy Alexander said. “They play well together. They’ve worked together for a long time. It’s nice having Taylor back. She gives us another dimension. Tonight was a fun night. Everyone played and everyone contributed.”
Vail Christian and VMS are in different places as programs. The Saints are senior-laden, while the Gore Rangers are rebuilding.
“They do look very good this year,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said. “When we see teams playing like that, it shows where the breakdowns are in our system. The good thing is that this is only our fourth game out of 19. So getting to play them this early shows us where we need to improve.”
The Gore Rangers’ Sarah Evans and Maggie Sturm, both freshmen, got their licks in from the outside, but visiting Vail Christian had its way from the start.
The Saints boast a familiar cast of characters with Remy Beveridge setting them up in ice-cold fashion for the likes of Ciara Heiden, Brittney Bossow, Marti Schmidt and Jessie Hartley. Throw in Alexander with Vlaar tending to the libero spot and it’s tempting to start dreaming of Denver.
“We always have goals on improving and getting to the next level,” coach Alexander said. “It’s not necessarily who we play. It’s at the level we need to get at. These seniors were at state as sophomores. They know they’re not there yet. They know there’s work to do.”
Vail Christian hosts DeBeque tonight at 5:30, while Vail Mountain School (1-3) sees Hayden come to town on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.