Lady Steers demonstrate good team effort

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The Magdalena Lady Steers' rank in the state moved up four points to 38 following their latest win over Jemez Valley last Saturday.

The win also helped the Lady Steers secure home advantage for the district playoffs. They are currently sitting at No. 1 in Class 1A standings with a 17-2 record.

The strength of the Magdalena Lady Steers that will help them get to the state championships this year is their team effort. There is great individual talent among them, but as the stats demonstrate in their Oct. 26 game against Jemez Valley, they all play a key role in the success of the team.

Tristan Dunlap led Saturday's game in attacks, with seven total, and a 50 percentile rate. Her starting teammates were very close behind, Breann Baca and Jayden Stephens with six attacks, and Danielle Gordon and Kadie Kiehne with five each. Abigail Bullock led the team with eight digs, Baca was closest behind her with four. Kiehne had the team's only three successful blocks of the game.

Often unrecognized are the assists that lead to successful volleys. Baca and Gordon led the team in assists, with 10 and nine, respectively.

Tristan Dunlap led the team with aces, having a total of seven. Dunlap scored 12 points for the team, with Ashley Tafoya close behind at 11 and Gordon next with 10. The remaining 42 points scored were spread among the rest of the team, through offense and defense.

Junior varsity and non-starting players Shirly Torres, Kendra Pino and Julie Zamora, a freshman, and eighth-grader Melique Vinyard were each given more play time this game. Vinyard was brought up to varsity for this game.

The Lady Steers play their final regular season home game Friday at 4 p.m. against To'hajiilee.