It was a relatively light schedule for volleyball teams in the areaThe Class 1A No. 4 state-ranked Wiley Panthers opened the 2021 season with a road win at Cheraw on Thursday, Aug. 26.
Cheraw was coming off a 3-0 upset win at No. 9 state-ranked Sangre de Cristo on Aug. 21.
Wiley won in four games against the Wolverines by the scores of 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, and 25-20.
Demi Wollert 14 kills, Grace Pendleton 8, Grace White 7, Fatima Gomez 7.
Also at the net, Wiley had 17 blocks. Pendleton recorded 8 blocks and Johanna Brown had 5.
At the service line, the Lady Panthers had 9 aces. D. Wollert led the way with 3 aces and Gomez with 2.
On defense, the Lady Panthers were a force in the back row and collected a total of 148 digs.
Jackie Salgado led the way with 51 digs. White with followed with 28, D. Wollert 21, F. Gomez 19, and Kaylee Salgado 17.
This week, Wiley will host Kim/Branson in Arkansas Valley Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. and then travels to play at Sangre de Cristo on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1 o’clock.
𝐌𝐜𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝟐-𝟎
The McClave Cardinals got their 2021 season underway at Las Animas on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
McClave defeated the Trojans in five games (12-25, 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 15-13).
At the net, Mariah Enciso led the way with 14 kills.
At the service line, Maggie Chase had 4 aces and Chloe Weber 3.
McKayla Kiniston had 28 digs in the back row.
McClave then hosted Lone Star on Saturday, Aug. 28 in their second match of the early season.
The Cardinals defeated the Longhorns in four games by the scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, and 25-18.
Senior Edith Mungaray had a big match in all phases of the game to lead McClave.
Mungaray sparked the Cardinals at the net with 12 kills. Sophomore McKayla Kiniston followed with 8 kills.
Mungaray also added 3 blocks while Makayla Phillips had 25 assists.
McClave served 13 aces in the match. Mungaray and Chloe Weber both had 4 aces each and Kennedy Vallejos had 3.
On defense, the Cardinals had a stellar effort with 93 digs.
Vallejos led the way with 19 digs. M. Phillips followed with 18, M. Kiniston 14, Weber 14, Ciara Solis 10, Mariah Enciso 9, and Mungaray with 9.
McClave plays just one match this week at Pikes Peak Christian at 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Coach Melissa Steinbrunn summarized, “Overall, I'm pleased that we were able to pull off the win last night over the Trojans, but my girls know that we did not play to our ability or level of expectations. We'll have to pick it up if we want to be a competitive team in our league.”
The Granada Bobcats hosted Manzanola last Friday and picked up a 3-0 win over the visiting Bobcats. The scores were 25-11, 25-17, and 25-12.
Granada (1-1) will host Eads at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.
In Class 2A, the Holly Wildcats opened the season with a Santa Fe League victory over the Swink Lions on Friday, Aug. 27 in Holly.
The Wildcats lost the first two games (25-21 and 25-18) before they fought back for the win the next three games (25-22, 25-21, and 15-13)
Jenny Chaparro shined at the net for Holly with 36 kills. Jade Casey followed with 18 kills, Avery Davis 6, Shae Jensen 5, and Nadia Cerros 5.
Chaparro and Casey also led the way in digs.
As a team, the Wildcats had 19 serving aces.
“Haylee Darnell did a great job of setting,” said Holly head coach Eric Jensen. “I saw lots of improvements over last year. We still have some things we need to work on but I was very happy with the ladies.”
This week, the Wildcats will host Las Animas (2-1) on Tuesday, Aug. 31 and travels to Rocky Ford on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4:30.
In 3A action - 𝐋𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐑 𝐕𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐘𝐁𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐒𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐏𝐒 𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐔𝐑𝐈, 𝟑-𝟎
The No. 3 state-ranked Lamar returned to action today with a road match at Centauri on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The Savages posted their second three-game sweep of the season as they clipped the Falcons 25-9, 25-15, and 25-15.
Lamar has a bit of a break before they play on the road for its next two matches.
The Savages visit Garden City, Ks. on Thursday, Sept. 9 and then travel to Buena Vista on Sept. 11.