Vail Mountain School spikers open season today |

Vail Mountain School spikers open season today

VC v. VMS 2 big KA 09-23-08

EAST VAIL, Colorado – It is really hard to call anyone who plays high school volleyball, “old.”

Anyone who’s a senior in high school likely has little memory of the Clinton administration, but Vail Mountain School volleyball is old in a good way.

VMS volleyball, which opens today at the Plateau Valley Tournament, returns a ton of experience and the Gore Rangers hope that translates into success this season.

“A lot of these girls have been in the program for all four years,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “With that, they have a lot of knowledge and understanding of the game. We have a new system this year, so that’s all new to us. But we know what’s expected.”

VMS finished the season 9-9 last year. That campaign included a thrilling five-set win over 2A Slope power Meeker. While Garvey likes to keep the focus on the present, instead of reminiscing, this year’s edition of VMS volleyball can’t help but profit from that experience.

Cynthia Edgerton returns at setter for the Gore Rangers. Brigetta Gehl is a familiar face at middle block. She’ll be joined there by Holly Domke.

Look for Kathryn Colin and Betsy Batts at outside hitter. The libero is Hillarie Bellis, while Emily Domke and Sarah Landreth will share time at the opposite-hitter position.

Katie Dove, Meredith White, Jamie Morton, Ellen Edgerton, Kristiana Bock and Olivia Maritz round out the roster.

VMS did lose Clare Elitch to a season-ending injury in last week’s scrimmage. While her loss is understandably devastating to the Gore Rangers, Elitch remains on the team and will serve as a co-captain with Cynthia Edgerton.

VMS kept itself busy over the summer playing club volleyball to the tune of 36 matches.

The Gore Rangers will face Plateau Valley, Norwood and Palisade’s JV today all in best-of-five matches.

“We like this tournament,” Garvey said. “It’s highly likely that they have two gyms going, so we’ll be playing three matches in a row. That’s a great test for our team. I like the opportunity for our team to jump right back on the court, instead of waiting five days for the next match. Our team will have to adapt from one situation to the next.”

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