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Vail Mountain cruises through Plateau Valley in three

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

COLLBRAN ” In the face of a not-so-difficult match, Vail Mountain volleyball coach Mike Garvey found a way to test his squad.

Garvey put a bit of a freeze on his starters in a 25-15, 25-10, 25-20 win Tuesday against Plateau Valley in Collbran.

In the second game, Garvey put in a bunch of younger players, and was quite happy with how they performed.

“Cynthia Edgerton set the whole game and did a great job,” Garvey said. “Kelsey Peck came in for Chanda WIlcox and was solid. We had a lot of JV kids in the second game and that was the best one by (scores). There weren’t a lot of long rallies ” they took advantage of the opportunity and were putting the ball away.”

Then, after sitting on the bench for a while, the starters went back in for the final game.

“We missed three or four serves, so Plateau Valley got the lead, but it was challenging,” Garvey said. “It was nice to create a challenge when it wasn’t there. If you sit for 20 to 30 minutes, it’s tough to regain your rhythm.”

In the first game, the Gore Rangers took it to the Cowboys.

“We did a good job of executing, putting the ball away and not making errors,” Garvey said. “We had it in cruise control. We’ve been a group focusing on execution when given the opportunity.”

Tuesday’s match was a non-league contest, although the Cowboys will travel to Vail next week for a league contest. The win improves the Gore Rangers to 4-2 in the 2A Western Slope and 7-4 overall.

“We’re two games above where we were last year and we’re currently tied for second in league, although West Grand holds the tiebreaker,” Garvey said. “But we like our position. We have Grand Valley, Plateau Valley and Hayden left and we’re hoping to stay in the second or third spot.”

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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