VMS wins league championship | VailDaily.com

VMS wins league championship

VMS Volleyball PU 10-24 Preston Utley/putley@vaildaily.com Vail Mountain School's Katie Wear, left and Lindsay Wright jump up to block a ball from being returned in Saturdays game against Ridgeway. VMS won easily in three consecutive games.

EDWARDS – There was simply no way the Vail Mountain volleyball team was going to blow a chance at winning the 1A Mountain League title twice.The Gore Rangers made sure of that Saturday at Berry Creek Middle School by sweeping away Ridgway, 25-19, 25-22, 25-16.So when the new gym open at VMS next fall, you can hang a banner for the 2004 1A Mountain League Champs, only the second title in the school’s history, the last one coming in 2002.

“Oh my gosh. I am so excited,” VMS junior Lindsay Wright said. “This is the first one since my freshman year, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about it. This one is ours. Freshman year, it was more the seniors. So, this one is actually us.””It was great. I think the girls had this on their minds,” VMS coach Mike Garvey said. “They knew they missed an opportunity last night. So they came out really focused today and made sure they took care of business.”After shooting themselves in the foot against Vail Christian Friday, the Gore Rangers simply rolled over the Demons. And that was a nice present for seniors Katie Wear and Zoie Liotta, who were playing in their last home game.”It was awesome,” Wright said. “I love them to death like my sisters, and it was great to give them that win.”

“I’m real proud of both of them. I had a great four years with them,” Garvey said. “I’m looking forward to having a couple more weeks with them. But they’re two wonderful people, wonderful teammates. They’ve done a lot for the team.”VMS heads to districts in Delta Saturday with a bye through Friday’s single-elimination preliminaries. The Gore Rangers will start with the No. 4 seed, quite possibly a rematch with Vail Christian at 9 a.m.”We’ve been training in the morning all year long,” Garvey said. “So a 9 a.m. game is right up our alley this year. We’re going to sleep in.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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