VMS pays back Eagle Valley
But one of those regrets had to be a three-set loss to 3A Eagle Valley last season when VMS was without its flu-ridden center Tiffany Allan.
The Gore Rangers made up for it Thursday night, rolling the Devils 15-9, 15-7.
“It feels great because we finally have our setter with us,” said Lara “Tree” Bossow, who was the primary beneficiary of Allan’s 20 assists. “So we were just on a roll. It was an awesome win. Eagle Valley played really well, I think.”
Tree played well, too, to the tune of 15 kills and three blocks.
“I thought Tree did an excellent job of hitting tonight,” VMS head coach Mike Garvey said. “I think she might have had one hitting error this season. She did a real good job of being consistent. She was very smart in her attack. Tiffany, of course, did a great job of setting them up. But same old story. I’ll take it all year round.”
It has become a nice, “boring” story for the Gore Rangers, who upped their mark to 12-0 with the win. Eagle Valley fell to 7-3.
VMS came out on fire in the first game, building an 8-0 lead behind the serving of Maggie Haslee and Allan and the upfront presence of Bossow.
Eagle Valley made a bit of a charge on a four-point run from Kim Smith to pull to 8-5.
Eagle Valley sophomore Kenzie Shreeve had the faithful roaring with a spectacular block, closing the VMS lead to 8-7.
“That felt good,” Devils captain Erin Sterkel. “I just wish we could have jumped on them earlier. They jumped out. They were ready. We were a little shaky at first because Tree, we got scared of her. But then we started getting things going.”
But that was as close as the Devils would get. Tree and Julie Littman served up aces and Aubrie Apple finished things up from behind the line. On VMS’ final two points, Haslee and Bossow combined for blocks.
In game two, VMS again jumped out to a big lead. Cely Brinkmann started things with two aces, followed by a tip from Haslee that made it 4-1. Aces from Allan as well as kills from Brinkmann and Apple moved the lead to 10-2.
Eagle Valley staged a mini-rally to close to 14-7 on aces from Jean Romerheuser and Sterkel and a nice kill from Diane Mayne.
Appropriately enough, Bossow finished things with a kill.
Both teams face key games this weekend. Eagle Valley hosts Hotchkiss tonight at 5:30 as a part of Homecoming.
“I say we just take this as a practice, learn from our mistakes and hopefully play better tomorrow,” Sterkel said.
Meanwhile, VMS heads on its annual pilgrimage Saturday to Crested Butte.
“Other than the drive, we’re looking forward to going up there and taking care of another one,” Garvey said “It should be beautiful this time of year. We’ll go up there, enjoy the drive and take care of business and head back.”
Sailors blank Huskies booters
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Battle Mountain soccer lost its second straight game in the 4A Western Slope, falling 1-0 to Steamboat Springs Thursday night.
Sailors junior Devin Borvanski scored just three minutes into the game on an assist from Kyle Nelson.
Battle Mountain, 3-2 in league and 6-4 overall, hosts Moffat County Saturday at 11 a.m.