Lady Steers pull off tough win

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It was a battle until the end for the Lady Steers last Friday against the Estancia Bears. They won 3-2 in five closely matched sets after the final score of 17-15 in the fifth set. The leadership is spread fairly evenly throughout the team of mostly seniors. Senior Tristen Dunlap led attacking with nine kills, 1.8 per set.

Lady Steer Breann Baca goes for the kill, with teammates Tristen Dunlap, No. 3. left, Abbigail Bullock, No. 1. team captain, Danielle Gordon, No. 5. and Ashley Tafoya, No. 4. right backing her up. The Lady Steers showed great team effort in last Friday’s match against the Estancia Bears, winning at home 3-2. Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain

Kadie Kiehne, a senior, led the team in serving with a 95.2 percent success rate, and 14.3 percent aces; Kiehne also led the team in serve recieves with 30 receives and only seven errors, and in digs, with a total of 14, or an average of 2.8 per set. Danielle Gordon, another senior, was the ball handling leader, having 58 ball handling attempts and a single error. Gordon had 15 assists, an average of three per set. Senior Ashley Tafoya also ranked highly in the areas of serving, with 11 points and a 95.2 percent success rate, and with 12 digs, about 2.4 per set. Breann Baca led the team with seven blocks — five solo, and also had seven attacks with a 35 percent success rate.

This is a fun team to watch play volleyball. They communicate well; they back each other up on every play – every block, attack and dig. They celebrate their success, support each other after mistakes and have fun on the court.

The Estancia Bears put up a fight, also showing great team sportsmanship and great communication. Set scores were 25-22(w), 23-25(l), 25-18(w), 21-25(l) and 1-15(w). Districts start in about two weeks. The Lady Steers’ next conquest is Jemez Valley this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Jemez Valley.