Vail Mountain romps Ridgway in three games
EAST VAIL – Spikes, tips and aces. These were the ways the Gore Rangers racked up points against Ridgway on Saturday.It was a senior showcase all match for Vail Mountain, which won 25-10, 25-11, 25-13. Cely Brinkmann set the tone early with two aces in the first game.”I was on fire tonight – it was a rare occasion,” Brinkmann said. “I have been working on my deep floats (on serves), and I think I hit them flat today.”She finished with five aces, and a handful of kills that never touched a Ridgway player.”I’ve been working on snapping real hard when I hit, and making shots instead of just killing the ball,” Brinkmann said.Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey was happy with his team’s efficiency on offense.
“Our setters are doing a great job of putting our hitters in position, and the hitters are making great choices,” Garvey said. “They are hitting the line when they should be, and tipping when they should be.”The match ended on a tip by Lindsay Wright. From all over the court, Wright pounded kills past the Demons. She had four in the first game, and finished with nine.For the final few points, Garvey packed the court with seniors Wright, Apple, Brinkmann, Lara Green, and Miranda Farley.”When you have five seniors on the floor, there is a definite advantage,” Garvey said. “The communication just happens, and often times it’s not verbal.”Hit by surpriseOn match point, Aubrie Apple attempted the only jump serve of the evening. Almost nobody saw it coming, including her.
“(Garvey) called it last minute, and totally caught me off guard,” Apple said.On most of Apple’s hits, however, she caught the Demons off guard. She hit the double-digit mark in kills, and racked up a few aces. Her biggest kill of the night knocked a Ridgway player over backwards.”Once in a while, you get someone in a defensive position not ready to receive a kill,” Garvey said of Apple’s monster kill.Even the Ridgway coach was impressed with the Vail Mountain’s powerful hits.”When you have a good kill, you have to appreciate it even if it’s from the other team,” said Dorthy McCarty.
Fatigue factorBoth teams came into Saturday’s game a bit weary from travel and extensive play. The Demons played Friday night, and then Saturday morning against Vail Christian, while the Gore Rangers returned from a Friday match in Crested Butte at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.”I really liked their focus considering how much they have played, and when we got back last night,” Garvey said.Saturday’s match against Ridgway was Vail Mountain’s eighth in the last two weeks. Next weekend the Gore Rangers will face Ridgway and Ouray. Apple knows what the team needs to prepare for trip.”I’m exhausted,” Apple said. “I think we need to rest and get some sleep because it’s been a real busy week.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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