Vail Mountain spikers go 2-1 in Aspen
ASPEN -It just took them a time to get going.Vail Mountain volleyball dropped its opener to Aspen Saturday and promptly rebounded with wins over Hayden and Cedaredge’s junior varsity squad.The Gore Rangers were apparently suffering from no practice because of the school’s annual orientation trip Wednesday through Friday.”We knew it would take us a little time to get going, but we didn’t think it would be four games,” VMS coach Mike Garvey somewhat joked.
VMS fell to Aspen, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13, and then lost the first game of its match to Hayden, 25-20. But the Gore Rangers got rolling at last, winning the next three games, 25-10, 25-15, 25-17, to beat the Tigers.”I think more than anything, we were finally speeding up our offense, going faster,” Garvey said. “We’re used to high intensity practice. Not being able to replicate that situation, the girls needed to remind themselves of what felt right. They adapted and played well for the rest of the afternoon.”VMS finished the day by pounding Cedaredge’s JV, 25-6, 25-23 and 25-12. In the second game against the Bruins, Garvey flushed his bench to give his youngsters some experience.”It wasn’t tremendous competition, but it was the third match of the day,” Garvey said. “It was a good match to remain focused and eliminate the errors on our side. We took advantage of the situation and gave ourselves something to shoot for.”While Garvey, a noted Cowboys fan, likes singling out players as much as the Washington Redskins, he did have props for Janelle Kibler-Silengo and Elsie Macsata. The duo filled in for Cely Brinkmann, who was out with a sprained wrist.
“Those are big shoes to fill and the two of them played very consistent volleyball,” Garvey said. “That was a big boost.”The lesson VMS will take from this day of matches is clear.”When we finished,, we stepped back and said, ‘The Aspen match is that last match we want to give away this year,'” Garvey said. “We didn’t feel that they had beaten us as much as we had beaten ourselves. Our goal this year is not to let another one get away from us.”VMS hopes to open its new gym Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Fellowship Christian. If the gym is not ready to go, the game will be rescheduled later in the season.
Soccer fallsCOLORADO SPRINGS – VMS soccer opened the season with a 6-0 loss at St. Mary’s Saturday.The Gore Rangers are next in action Saturday at Basalt at 11 a.m.Vail, Colorado