Vail Mountain volleyball finishes notable 3-0 week
EAST VAIL — Vail Mountain school volleyball just completed a big week and there’s another one coming up.
It’s a nice place to be, if you’re the Gore Rangers (7-2).
VMS capped a 3-0 week, which included a huge win at Vail Christian, with a 25-18, 25-21, 25-8 victory over North Park on Saturday.
“I thought it was wonderful,” VMS coach Whitney Armistead said. “We really wanted the Vail Christian game, and it was good to come back and refocus on this game. It was a completely different game.”
North Park is scrappy and unconventional so it required a different style. Credit went in postgame to Sarah Evans, who had 23 serves in three sets, as well as libero Alyssa Hilb, who dug a hole in the gym floor.
VMS spreads its winds a little bit next week as they head to Battle Mountain twice. They face the Huskies on Tuesday in a regular match and then return to Edwards for the Queen of the Mountain tournament.
“We’re excited for Battle Mountain,” Armistead said. “They’re one of our local rivals and it’s just a lot of fun. The girls know each other. The Queen of the Mountain will also be fun because we’ll get to see some new teams and play up a bit.”
VMS soccer blanks C.A.
DENVER — That’s a good win in many ways.
Vail Mountain School soccer won at Colorado Academy, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.
Yes, there are the rankings. VMS is No. 6 in CHSAA poll and C.A. No. 7, which was also their last standing in the ever-critical ratings-percentage index (RPI)
But it was big victory for other reasons.
Not only is C.A. a perennial 3A powerhouse, but VMS was adjusting on the fly. Defender Bridger Gile had college testing, which juggled the back line to Michael Resnick, Robby Gruber and Max Bervy. Meanwhile, Christian Trevino was out with a sprained ankle, which inserted Nathan Rouaud up front.
“I was really proud of the way the guys dealt with adversity in this game,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said.
Goal No. 1 came in the seventh minute with Eric Zdechlick starting it and sending to Peter Ferraro. He made a beautiful turn and found Kevin Garcia for a 1-0 lead.
Rouaud, in his replacement role, started the second. Rouaud to Peer Carnes to Liam Hurley gave the Gore Rangers some breathing room.
That was nice to have when VMS goalie Colin Rouaud smothered C.A.’s best chance a few minutes later with a spectacular save.
Petrovski praised his back three defender, saying that Bervy had his best game of the season.
VMS moves to 6-2 overall and hosts Roaring Fork on Tuesday in East Vail.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Eagle Valley volleyball wasn’t at its best, but it was good enough to win in three on Saturday.
The Devils (11-2 overall and 7-0 in the 4A Slope) won in Glenwood Springs, 25-15, 25-21, 25-20.
“They were not going to drop a set,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “They gritted it out and won in three and that was good to see.”
There is a good reason that the coach has a healthy obsession with winning in three games. Volleyball can flip on a dime, and Eagle Valley has the experience to prove it.
“We were up (two games to none) and needed two points to win,” Rindy said of Eagle Valley’s regional match against Evergreen last year. “That’s how fast it can change.”
The Cougars rallied and beat the Devils in five, denying Eagle Valley a chance to go to state. To that end, the Devils have been rather tidy in their 10 wins, dropping only three games.
Eagle Valley heads to Vail Christian on Tuesday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.