VMS rolls DeBeque; readies for Meeker
EAST VAIL, Colorado ” After practice, the Vail Mountain soccer team took to the court to play its version of volleyball.
It was 10-on-10 and that wasn’t the only strange rule enforced. The walls were in play and the occasional bounce off the floor didn’t stop a rally. This is why Bob Bandoni’s boys play soccer and why VMS leaves the volleyball to the actual volleyball team.
And Vail Mountain volleyball continued its roll Friday afternoon, smashing DeBeque, 25-14, 25-11, 25-10. That’s five wins in a row for the Gore Rangers who are now 10-6.
But what was more impressive was Vail Mountain’s mental approach to this one. DeBeque is a shell of its former self when it used to dominate the now-defunct 1A Mountain League. Odds are good that if Carder Lamb, Sean Minett and company put on wigs and played with their feet, they could have taken the visiting Dragons.
But the actual Gore Rangers kept their mind on the present, which was particularly important, given that 2A Slope leader Meeker is coming to town today for a huge game.
“I’m real pleased with our team’s response to a match like this,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “They did what they had to do and played their best at all times and that’s respect you should have for any team.”
“We really focused on being consistent and playing our game just as a way of preparing for Meeker,” said setter Cynthia Edgerton, who kept VMS’ attack humming through three games.
In front of a crowd ” including almnae Karlie Moore and Christiana White ” getting ready for today’s Spirit Week games, VMS didn’t give DeBeque a chance to get in the game. As the rout progressed, Mike Garvey got to play his younger players.
Not only was this a good time to get those players some varsity experience, but it produced some of the loudest cheers of the day from the bench.
“I think it’s great for them to get on the court,” Garvey said. “Sometimes the anxiety which can be associated with a varsity match, just to get in is important. It shows we want to recognize their hard work. My favorite part is to watch the girls who are no longer playing cheering the girls on. They want to see the girls do well. I enjoy that aspect.”
Vail Mountain has been waiting for the Cowboys for 50 weeks. Meeker eliminated the Gore Rangers from the district tournament last year.
The Cowboys enter today’s game undefeated in the league. Not only does VMS want a little revenge, but the Gore Rangers do not want Meeker to go through the league with a perfect slate. That’s because an undefeated team is guaranteed a spot in regionals regardless of its performance at districts, leaving the rest of the league to fight for only two other sports to the Round of 16 as opposed to three.
So there’s going to be a lot of intensity going into today’s game at 1 p.m.
“You just sense the mood,” Garvey said. “The way they’ve prepared on this homestand we’ve had and the way we’ve played on this homestand, they’ve done a real good job. There’s enough leadership on the team and there are enough seniors on the team, they know how to handle a game like that.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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