VMS serves past Ouray in three games
East Vail – The “V” in the Vail Mountain School’s acronym VMS might need to be changed to Vanilla after the Gore Ranger’s three-game sweep of Ouray on Saturday.
VMS relied heavily on their serving game to beat the Trojans and were able to use their newest cheer, “ace, ace, baby,” nines times after each one of their service aces.
“We’ve stressed the importance of serves and making sure that we’re hitting good positions.” said VMS head coach Mike Garvey. “As our serve goes, our play tends to, as well. If we expect to score a lot of points, we have got to keep the ball in play.”
When VMS was keeping the ball in play it was dominant, such as in Game 1 when the Gore Rangers jumped out to an 18-9 lead and wrapped up the game with two Lara Green serves, one for an ace, the other that the Trojans misplayed.
When the Gore Rangers weren’t serving well, Ouray took advantage, going up, 16-10, in the second game before Vail Mountain went on a 10-2 run.
“We just needed to get up our passes, get our sets and then hit it down,” said sophomore middle hitter Lindsay Wright, concerning VMS’ slow start in the second game. “We just needed to get our hitting technique right and make sure it happened.”
It appeared that the Gore Rangers had finally assumed control of the second game, and the match, after two Aubrie Apple aces put VMS at game point, 24-20, but the Trojans continued to fight getting as close as 24-23. VMS outside hitter, Lauren Utzig, negated any chance of a Ouray comeback though, when she smacked a Lara Green assist down the left line for the win.
“They fought pretty hard that second game,” said Apple. “It was really close.”
The third game of the sweep was another instance of VMS’ serving dictating the score. Cely Brinkman opened the game with a jump-serve ace and served three straight points before misplacing one into the net. Up 19-8, Brinkmann again used her jump-serve four more times to push the lead to an insurmountable 22-8, enroute to the final score, 25-12.
“I’ve been working on it [serving] every practice,” said Brinkmann. “Coach Garvey really told me that instead of hitting balls that were a couple feet over the net, I should try to hit them down, and to try hitting spots. I was trying to hit ones and fives, and it was going pretty well.”
Added Apple, “”We just came out with a lot more intensity in the third game and put it away.”
VMS improved to 8-1 in the 1A Mountain League and 9-8 overall.