VMS spikers edge Saints in five | VailDaily.com

VMS spikers edge Saints in five

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyVail Chistian's Nicole Parker finalizes a spike recovery by getting the ball back on Vail Mountain School's side of the court, during the first half of last nights game in Edwards.

EDWARDS – You’d be a fool to try to pick who’s going to win the 1A Mountain League volleyball title. The only safe prediction is that it’s going to be tight, very tight.Both Vail Mountain and Vail Christian edged Ouray in five games Saturday. When the two local teams hooked up Tuesday at St. Clare in Edwards, it was more of the same – five games – with VMS hanging on for the 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 15-9 win.

And, neither the Gore Rangers or Saints have gone up against DeBeque. Just put each down for five games.In the meantime, both coaches were pleased with the way their teams played.”I’ve got to compliment my team and their composure, the way they understand and were able to get themselves over errors and execute plays,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “They’re just doing a great job in that situation.”

“It was a good fight. Playing that team is always a good fight,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Everybody did excellent. It was a great effort on everybody’s part. We just let them get more than two points up. We can’t let a team like that get more than two points up because it’s difficult to come back. That’s why we play. This is always a fabulous match.”After splitting the first four games, the Gore Rangers and Saints traded points early in the fifth. Aubrie Apple had three straight kills for VMS to nudge the Gore Rangers ahead, 7-6.VMS took over after a Vail Christian serving error. Katie Wear served two aces and got an kill from Cely Brinkmann. Della Elich and Brinkmann combined on a rare block of the Saints’ Rachel Glandorf, who was her usual fearsome self, to take a 12-7 lead.

Kills by Brinkmann and Elich finished it out.Not surprisingly, Glandorf led the Saints (1-1 in league and 2-5 overall) with nine kills. Vail Christian Lauren Mutter had 14 assists, while teammate Nicole Parker had nine.The Saints are next in action Saturday at St. Clare vs. Ridgway at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, VMS heads to DeBeque Tuesday.

The only safe bet will be that those matches will go five. Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado

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