Volleyball briefs

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Lady Warriors play continues to yo-yo up, down; potential is there

The Lady Warriors came to play last Thursday night against the West Las Vegas Dons. They were a much more cohesive team than two nights before in Magdalena. Home court advantage may have been a factor, and the coach’s commitment to working the team on communication, serving and serve receives also came into play.
“Much better!” coach Joni Mauldin said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but it’s a definite step up from Magdalena.”
The Lady Warriors’ play was mixed over the weekend during the round robin tournament in Belen, with a 3-0 win against Taos and a 0-3 loss against Cobre.
“We again had communication and movement issues again on Friday,” Mauldin said of the tournament play. “I was pleased with our last game against Taos. Serves were better, communication and movement were a lot better.”
Senior Ashley Pyke was awarded “player of the match” during the Toas game on Saturday in Belen. Pyke led the team with five aces, 19 kills and 11 digs.
The Lady Warriors lost their edge again when they traveled to Hatch on Tuesday evening, losing against the Hatch Valley Bears 0-3.
They played again Wednesday night at Sandia Prep. They then have a break before their next game against Grants at home on Sept. 10.

Quemado Lady Eagles pick up win over Pine Hill Warriors in season opener

The Lady Eagles handily won their first volleyball match-up against the Warriors on August 30. Three and out was the match-up in Pine Hill, with successive scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-14.
“The girls played a good game,” Coach Nichole Sanders said. “It gives me a pretty good idea of areas that we need to work on and areas that we are strong.”
Coach Sanders said the ladies’ serves were good throughout the three sets. Starting players for the game: senior Kate Eberle had very good serves and a few digs; Junior Monique Jake was a strong outside hitter and had five kills and a couple of digs; sophomore Caitlynn Atwood had several assists; sophomore Autumn Nozie, the middle blocker, had several very good serves, a few blocks and played a very good defensive game; freshman Tifani Duffey played her first varsity game as an outside hitter, covering well; and sophomore Clavita Martinez, who also played her first varsity game, served very well.
“We are learning how the team meshes,” Coach Sanders said.
The Lady Eagles will face their next opponents in the Magdalena Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Lady Steers stay strong — not enough  to win over Cloudcroft

The Magdalena Lady Steers played strong in Cloudcroft, but not quite enough for the win against the Bears. The Lady Steers lost 1-3 on Aug.t 29 in Cloudcroft, in four very tight games. The Lady Steers won their first match 25-21, and went into overtime on Game 3, losing 26-28. They lost Game 2 and Game 4 21-25.
The stats are strong; Ssenior Danielle Gordon led the team in serving percentage, with 95 percent and 10 points scored; she also had a 33.3 kill percentage. Senior Ashley Tafoya scored the most points, at 12 points overall, but only had an 82 percent serving average. Senior Tristen Dunlap and had the best kill percentage, at 38.1, and scored eight points with a 94 percent average. Jayden Stephens led the team in blocks with six successful blocks for the game.
The Lady Steers host an invitational tournament Friday and Saturday in Magdalena.