Vail Mountain storms back for three-game sweep
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Maybe Vail Mountain coach Mike Garvey should go ahead and call a timeout to start the match. His words of encouragement seem to have a pretty strong affect.
Trailing 18-11 in Game 1 of its match against Soroco, Garvey quickly signaled for a timeout. The brief break did wonders for the Gore Rangers. Vail Mountain won 14 of the next 15 points to take the first set, 25-20. The Gore Rangers went on to win in a three-game sweep.
“I told them (during the timeout), ‘Right now their team is doing a better job of playing out of system ball than we are,”‘ Garvey said. “Neither team really had the ball in the front half of the court, and was making good sets, tight to the net. They were out playing us at the back of the court. We had some errors, and we played average. We continued to give them chances to swing.
“We got back in. We wanted the ball to get a little tighter to the net so our hitters could really swing, and that pressure was the difference the rest of the match.”
Lynnie Somes and Brigitta Gehl played big roles in the Gore Rangers first-game win. Somes spiked the ball to the floor to close the gap to 19-17. On the next point, Somes and Gehl combined for a block and point to make it 19-18.
A number of Soroco mistakes allowed Vail Mountain to take Game 1, 25-20.
“We, admittedly, didn’t have a great warm-up today,” Ande Brill said. “I think we started off slow because of that. After the timeout, we realized this is a team we can beat, and we should bring it now.”
Soroco posed little problem in Game 2. Clare Elich started the set with a winner for the Gore Rangers. Hilarie Bellis stretched the lead to 8-2 with an ace. Later, Gehl tipped the ball over the net for a 22-13 advantage. Vail Mountain cruised in Game 2 to a 25-15 victory.
“Our balance is really good,” Garvey said. “Cynthia (Edgerton) has done a great job (at setter), and has really progressed throughout the year on making the right selection. You know, a lot of the timing of when she goes to a particular person is giving us opportunities for success. She’s done a great job of that.”
Game 3 was closer than the previous one, but Vail Mountain found a way to close out the sweep. Chanda Wilcox scored for the Gore Rangers on a well-placed tip for a 16-14 lead. A few points later, Wilcox went cross-court for another winner.
Somes made it 22-18 with a slam for Vail Mountain. Gehl helped close out Soroco with another kill. Wilcox, Somes, Brill and Gehl took turns spiking balls to the floor Saturday night.
“We do have Brigitta, which is nice,” Brill said. “But, I guess everyone can hit. There is no distinct go-to player, if you will.”
Vail Mountain (9-6) hosts DeBeque on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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