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Southeast Colorado 2018 Volleyball Preview

Last week the Indy printed team profiles for the Eads Eagles and the Kit Carson Wildcats.  This week, John Contreras introduces the rest of the Southeast Colorado teams!

GRANADA LADY BOBCATS
By John Contreras

Coach:
Gene O’Neal, 3rd year.

Last year’s record:
0-6 in District 2 standings and 2-15 overall.

Key returning players: Yolanda Rodriquez, 5-8 senior, middle hitter; Destiny Vega, 5-4 senior, back row specialists; Haven Quintana, 5-6 junior, middle/outside hitter; Yoanna Camacho, 5-3 junior, setter; Elizabeth Ayala, 5-4 junior, outside hitter; Valeria Aguire, 5-5 junior, outside hitter.

Team outlook: With the loss of four key starters to graduation, Coach O’Neal will turn to some young players to step in at the varsity level.

“With the loss of seniors, we’re going to be young,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of height, so we’re going to have to be scrappy. Hopefully, we can play some good defense and be competitive.”

Wins have been hard to come by for the programs in past years, but O’Neal gives a lot of credit to the girls who turn out to play for the program.
“Our girls are willing to work hard and they try,” he said. “That says a lot about their character. We’re going to hit the court and have fun.”

The Lady Bobcats will play their first match on Thursday, Aug. 30 when they host South Baca at 5:00.

GRANADA BOBCATS (front row) Aisiya Vargas, Gracie Beltran, Valeria Aquirre, Estrella Aguilar, Eli Ayala, Alice Pete.  (back row)  Chloe Griego, Haven Quintana, Destiny Vega, Yolanda Rodriguez, Jissel Silva, Stajah McGee, Shania Sigala
GRANADA BOBCATS
(front row) Aisiya Vargas, Gracie Beltran, Valeria Aquirre, Estrella Aguilar, Eli Ayala, Alice Pete. 
(back row)  Chloe Griego, Haven Quintana, Destiny Vega, Yolanda Rodriguez, Jissel Silva, Stajah McGee, Shania Sigala

 

Holly Lady Wildcats
By John Contreras

Coach: Shelbie Schenck, 3rd year.

Last year’s record:
4-1 in District 3 and 19-7 overall.

Last state appearance: 2017. In Class 1A state tournament, the Lady Wildcats beat McClave, 3-2, and lost to Otis, 3-2.

Key returning players: Kallie Cathcart, 5-7 senior setter. (All-state second team). As a middle hitter last year, Cathcart returns as the top defender in Class 1A with 485 digs and was No. 8 in kills with 271; Mercedes Rodriguez, 5-6 senior, RS hitter; Jordan Kalma, 5-6 senior, defensive specialists; Jacie Turner, 6-0 senior, middle hitter; Sadie Davis, 6-0 junior, setter/outside hitter; Athena Crum, 5-2 junior, setter/RS hitter; Belen Maravilla, 5-2 sophomore, libero.

Team outlook: A big change for the Lady Wildcats will be the move from Class 1A to the Class 2A Santa Fe League which has 10 teams.

The Lady Wildcats will be joined by Swink, Crowley County, Fowler, Hoehne, John Mall, Las Animas, Rocky Ford, Rye, and Swallows Charter Academy.

“There’s the unknown because you’re playing teams that you haven’t seen before,” said Coach Schenck. “I think we’re looking forward to that.”

Schenck said that her team played in a summer camp in Fowler and her players got to play against a lot of those teams that are in the league.

“Just how we played against those teams, we should be very competitive,” said Schenck.

Another move this season will see former middle hitters Cathcart and Davis play the role of setters.
“We lost both of our setters to graduation so we needed to fill those positions,” explained Schenck. “Kallie and Sadie both put in the extra work and things are working out.”

Holly has advanced to the 1A state tournament the past two years, so Schenck is hoping the experience gained can carry over to Class 2A.

“Our program has seen some success the last two years but there’s always room for improvement and the girls know what it takes,” she said.

In the CHSAANow.com pre-season 2A state volleyball rankings, two teams in the Santa Fe League are ranked. Swink is No. 5 and Hoehne is No. 10. The No. 1 ranked team is Yuma.

The Lady Wildcats will face a good test right off the bat when they open the season hosting the Swink Lions on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m.

 

McCLAVE LADY CARDINALS
By John Contreras

Coach: Rachel Dunning, 8th year.

Last year’s record: 3-2 in District 2 standings and 17-19 overall.

Last state appearance: Lady Cardinals lost to Holly, 3-2, and to Otis, 3-1, in the 1A state tournament.

Key returning players: Jordan Parker, 5-9 senior outside hitter. Had 302 kills, 36 blocks, and scored 192 service points last season. (All-state honorable mention); Katie Bronniman, 5-9 senior middle hitter. Had 78 kills and 31 blocks last season; Alexus Gomez, 5-5 senior setter. Had 343 assists, 209 digs, and scored 202 service points last season; Shania Enciso, 5-4 senior defensive specialists. Had 194 digs and scored 162 service points last season; Rebecca Steerman, 5-4 junior setter. Had 389 assists, 362 digs, and scored 139 points last season.

Team outlook: The 16-player roster will include four seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, and six freshmen.

“Our four seniors on this year’s team have worked hard and will be the leaders especially when you have six freshmen,” said Coach Dunning. “Some of our young players are going to play. Playing from junior high to high school is an eye opener. So they have to be ready to step in when needed.”

McClave opens the season with a home match against Pikes Peak Christian on Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.

The next day on Saturday, Sept. 1, the Lady Cardinals will host the McClave Quad along with Las Animas, Sierra Grande, and Centennial starting at 11 a.m.

Three area teams are ranked in the Class 1A state rankings by CHSAANow.com.

Defending state champion, Kit Carson is ranked No. 1 while McClave is ranked No. 5 and Wiley is No. 7.

McCLAVE CARDINAL VOLLEYBALL: (front) Makenzie Kiniston, Ciara Solis, Alexus Gomez, Shaina Encisco, Becca Steerman (middle) Ajah Moreno, Gentry Martin, Sidney Larrew, Edith Mungaray (back) Taeyha Dickerson, Maggie Chase, Anna Beckett, Jordan Parker, Katie Roesch, Cassidy Jagers Not pictured:  Katie Bronniman
McCLAVE CARDINAL VOLLEYBALL:
(front) Makenzie Kiniston, Ciara Solis, Alexus Gomez, Shaina Encisco, Becca Steerman
(middle) Ajah Moreno, Gentry Martin, Sidney Larrew, Edith Mungaray
(back) Taeyha Dickerson, Maggie Chase, Anna Beckett, Jordan Parker, Katie Roesch, Cassidy Jagers
Not pictured: Katie Bronniman

 

WILEY LADY PANTHERS
By John Contreras

Coach: Eula Meyers, 2nd year.

Last year’s record: 6-0 in Class 1A District 3 and 19-6 overall.

Last state appearance: 2017. In the 1A state tournament, the Lady Panthers lost to La Veta, 3-0, and beat Sangre de Cristo.

Key returning players: Marisa Vazquez, 5-2 senior, utility. Registered 249 digs as a libero last season; MyKayla Krentz, 5-8 senior, middle hitter. Had 28 blocks last year;

New varsity prospects: Reagan Mason, 5-2 senior, back row specialist; Taira Weber, 5-6 sophomore, setter/hitter; Iris Marquez, 5-7 junior, setter/hitter; Kirsten Summers, 5-6 sophomore, hitter/back row specialists.

Team outlook: The Lady Panthers captured the District 3 crown and went on to qualify for the Class 1A state tournament.

Wiley was hit hard with the loss of six seniors to graduation. The Lady Panthers also saw one of their best players Faith Dellamaestra, a senior, transfer from Wiley. Last year, she recorded 134 kills, 34 blocks, and had 179 digs.

With just two starters (Vazquez and Krentz) returning to carry some of the load, Coach Meyers will turn to some young players with little varsity experience to fill positions.

“We have some big roles to fill,” she said. “We have some talented girls who are hard workers and showing some promise. The key for us is that our girls have to play aggressive and never give up.”

The Lady Panthers start the season with a home match against Cheraw on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m.

Three area teams are ranked in the Class 1A state rankings by CHSAANow.com.

Defending state champion, Kit Carson is ranked No. 1 while McClave is ranked No. 5 and Wiley is No. 7.

Wiley High School Volleyball Back Row-Anne-Sofie Soendergaard, Regan Mason, Mykayla Krentz, Marisa Vazquez, Iris Marquez, Lupita Marquez  Front Row-Micaela Wollert, Chawisa Damwan, Kirsten Summers, Macy Rowan, Taira Weber, Demi Wollert, Grace Pendleton

Wiley High School Volleyball
Back Row-Anne-Sofie Soendergaard, Regan Mason, Mykayla Krentz, Marisa Vazquez, Iris Marquez, Lupita Marquez 
Front Row-Micaela Wollert, Chawisa Damwan, Kirsten Summers, Macy Rowan, Taira Weber, Demi Wollert, Grace Pendleton

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