Vail Valley preps wrap: VMS spikers upset Huskies, Devils volleyball, soccer and softball
EAST VAIL — That’s why they play the games, kids.
Class 2A Vail Mountain School pulled the upset against 4A Battle Mountain, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13, on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
It’s the first time VMS has beaten Battle Mountain since 2012.
“I think it’s really cool for our girls to see what they can do when they have fun,” Gore Rangers coach Whitney Armistead said. “We have nothing but respect for (Huskies coach) Jason (Fitzgerald), their program and their players. The great competition makes it enjoyable. While it’s neat to have the win, it’s more fun to play with our friends.”
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Player of the match went to libero Nellie Smith, who was a vacuum cleaner. Payton Connoly had a huge night blocking and Sarah Evans was Sarah Evans.
Tuesday’s result produces two questions.
How does Battle Mountain (5-5) respond?
“You have to,” Fitzgerald said. “There is no choice. We have 13 games left. That’s half of our league games and two big tournaments. Repair and prepare. That’s our motto.”
Question No. 2 is how can VMS play like this more often?
“That’s the ultimate goal,” Armistead said. “That’s the standard we want to meet every match.”
Both teams have big league matches on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Huskies host Glenwood Springs, while the Gore Rangers are West Grand.
And, then, in a fun scheduling twist, the Huskies and Gore Rangers will meet at the Queen of the Mountain Tournament in Edwards on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Devils volleyball sweeps Saints
Erin Keeney and Bree Gates have some serious job security.
After all, Becy Glutova and Emma Lassa aren’t taking their jobs as Eagle Valley volleyball’s setters.
That much was evident in a 25-6, 25-10, 25-22 win over Vail Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 3. After being the setters in the third set, Glutova and Lassa will return to their regularly scheduled smashing of volleyballs into oblivion.
On a much more serious note, the Devils raised awareness and money for the fight against epilepsy. The team’s Hayley Carpenter and Sky Lieurance, who both battle the neurological disorder, spoke to the crowd before the game about their lives, and they are your co-MVPs for the match.
Eagle Valley (10-4) is at Glenwood Springs, on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Eagle Valley soccer, softball fall
Eagle Valley soccer lost at Glenwood Springs, 5-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Devils XI is home on Thursday, Oct. 5, against Battle Mountain.
Eagle Valley softball dropped a 17-5 decision to Rifle on Tuesday. The Devils close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct, 7 at Palisade.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.