Vail Mountain goes 3-2 at Simla Tournament |

Vail Mountain goes 3-2 at Simla Tournament

SIMLA, Colorado ” The Vail Mountain volleyball team was busy last weekend at the Simla Tournament. The Gore Rangers went 3-2 and nearly gave the No. 1-ranked hosts a scare.

Vail Mountain started the tournament well with a three-game victory over Custer County. The Gore Rangers dropped the first game 25-17, before coming back to take the next two sets and the match in the best-of-three format.

In their second match of the day, the Gore Rangers went ahead of Kiowa in the first game 23-21. Unfortunately for Vail Mountain, it couldn’t finish the game. Kiowa took the first set and went on for the two-game win.

The Gore Rangers rebounded against No. 1-ranked Simla. In both games, Vail Mountain nearly pulled an upset. The two teams were tied 12-12 in the first game, before Simla pulled away for the 25-12 win. The second game mirrored the first, with the score knotted 11-11 before Simla went on to the victory.

“The breaking points in each game were basic plays on our side,” Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey said. “We basically handed them points. We had skill errors.”

Their second loss of the tournament dropped the Gore Rangers into the consolation bracket, but they didn’t give up. Vail Mountain easily handled Palmer Ridge, 25-19, 25-11 in its fourth match. The easy victory allowed Garvey to play a number of reserves.

The Gore Rangers ended their tournament with a 25-17, 25-19 win over Elbert. A consistent attack led to easy points.

“Lynnie Somes and Chanda Wilcox both had really strong matches (in the tournament),” Garvey said. “So did Brigitta Gehl. They really stepped up, and hit well on their attacks.”

The 3-2 mark during the weekend improves Vail Mountain’s record to 5-5 overall this year, an impressive feat considering the obstacles the Gore Rangers have faced this season.

A number of players have missed time early in the season due to injuries or illness. Garvey doesn’t expect to have his full squad back until the Gore Rangers meet Vail Christian on Sept. 23, which is also their home opener.

“I think sometimes players can get really down with a .500 record,” Garvey said. “It’s been frustrating as a coach to analyze, but this is the card we’ve been dealt. We are just trying to hang on. We are hoping when everyone gets back, we’ll get things going.”

Vail Mountain travels to Hayden on Saturday.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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