Vail Valley preps: Murbach wins all-league
EDWARDS, Colorado – Wednesday’s Battle Mountain volleyball postseason banquet was not Lara Bossow’s first.
Now the Huskies’ coach, Bossow has been to a few during her playing career, picking up just about every award imaginable, especially during her tenure the Vail Mountain School. So it was fun for the former player to be on the presenting side of things.
“It was great actually,” Bossow said. “It’s really good to see the smiles on the girls’ faces when they get (their awards). They’ve always hoped for it, and they didn’t expect it. It’s great to see how happy they are, and it’s kind of fun keeping a secret.”
And now it’s out of the bag. Battle Mountain libero Cara Murbach is all-league, while Sammy Miletich and Krista Norris made honorable mention.
Murbach’s selection was especially gratifying because the senior played libero. Liberos generally get noticed just by the casual fan because they’re wearing a different colored jersey.
“You get asked about that all the time,” Murbach said with a laugh. “I have no idea. I just try to explain it to them.”
For the uninitiated, a libero is a designated defensive specialist who may enter or exit the match without affecting the number of substitutions her team is allowed.
It’s not particularly glamorous work, especially when Eagle Valley’s Alex Lassa or Steamboat Springs’ Colleen King is blasting the ball at you, but Murbach’s play made an impression.
‘It’s the hardest thing to get recognized as a defensive player,” Bossow said. “Like I told her (at the banquet), our identity was as a defensive team and she lead that effort. She was a huge thereat because the game plan changes with a good libero. You can’t just go up there swinging with a good libero waiting back there. It changes your attack.”
“I was hoping I would get it,” said Murbach. “I didn’t know for sure. I couldn’t believe it when it happened.”
Miletich is making believers out of opponents and her new coach as a sophomore.
“She’s so coach-able,” Bossow said. “She’ll do anything technique-wise to get better. That’s her greatest asset. She changed her arm swing and her footwork this year. I can’t wait to see her grow as club season starts and she continues her high-school career.”
Milletich’s partner up front was Norris, who developed into one of the team’s more consistent hitters and defensive stalwarts.
“She worked some kinks out to become one of our most error free hitters,” Bossow said. “There were many times toward the end of the season that I was hoping Krista would get the set because I knew she would put it away. She’s also a great blocker. She has an ability to read the game.”
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.