Vail Valey preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valey preps wrap for Saturday

EAST VAIL – The Vail Mountain School volleyball team showed its mettle coming back from a 2-1 deficit to capture a Homecoming win over Plateau Valley Saturday.

The Gore Rangers rallied for a 25-21, 19-25, 26-28, 25-21, 15-6 win over the Cowboys in what was also the league opener for both teams.

“I think the girls felt like they were the better team throughout the match,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “It was Homecoming. It was the first league match. It was the first varsity home game for some players. I’m almost happy it went five. If it’s three, we don’t learn as much.”

As a side note, Garvey was happy the Cowboys lost Saturday, but does not want to see the Cowboys (the Dallas ones) lose Sunday.

VMS raised its record to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the 2A Slope. The Gore Rangers are at Vail Christian Thursday at 5 p.m.

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Saints sweep West Grand

EDWARDS – Familiarity breeds contempt, and that’s a good thing for Vail Christian volleyball.

The Saints swept aside West Grand Friday night, 25-12, 25-17, 25-21, in Edwards. Wins are good and this one upped Vail Christian’s record to 4-0. But what was important was the subplot.

The Mustangs and Saints aren’t exactly strangers. They play so often, no one involved knew if Friday’s game was the league game or not. The gist is West Grand knew it had to sit on Ashlyn Gruber’s powerful spikes and setter Kylie Alexander’s tips, and the Saints had to adjust.

“Ashlyn had her obligatory million kills,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander joked. “They blocked her. They dug her. They keyed on Kylie. The lesson is that they know you, and you have to figure out something new. You adjust and outsmart them. It makes them smarter players, and that’s good in the long run.”

Vail Christian hosts Vail Mountain Thursday at 5 p.m. in Edwards.


Rams too much for VMS

EAST VAIL – That’s not how Homecoming is meant to go.

Roaring Fork ruined an otherwise festive Homecoming for VMS soccer, downing the Gore Rangers, 3-0.

“The guys played well, but they couldn’t score,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “If you looked at possession, we probably had the majority of it. We had a couple of small breakdowns and (Roaring Fork) capitalized.”

VMS hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain School Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Central tops Devils

GYPSUM – Class 5A Central was a little too much for 4A Eagle Valley soccer Saturday, handing the Devils a 2-0 loss.

“We had a lot of good shots,” Devils coach “We’re getting closer and closer and we’re almost there.”

And that would be auspicious timing as Battle Mountain comes calling Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Devils bounce Grand Valley

GYPSUM – All’s well that ends well.

After two tough losses to Delta and Grand Junction at the Eagle Valley Softball Tournament Saturday, the Devils bounced back for a 16-10 win against Grand Valley.

Eagle Valley was trailing the Cardinals 10-4 after two innings but rallied nicely.

“Our girls didn’t let defeat get them down,” Devils manager Chris Sanders said. “Their picked their heads up, got the momentum going and stayed with it.”

The Devils host Rifle at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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