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Wiley’s senior hitter Fatima Gomez attacks the net against Granada defenders Kiana Herrera (#1) and Trinidie Quintana (front) in Class 1A action on Friday, Sept. 9 in Granada. Wiley (8-1) swept Granada in three sets to hand the Lady Bobcats their first loss of the season.
Kinsley Williams

Wiley and McClave VB Teams Continue Winning Ways

By Administrator

September 14, 2022

The volleyball races in the Arkansas Valley League and High Plains League are starting to ramp up.

In the Arkansas Valley League, the Class A No. 8 state-ranked Wiley Lady Panthers continued their winning ways as they sit atop of the standings.

Wiley picked up non-league wins over Arickaree and Granada last weekend to extend their record to 8-1 overall. The Lady Panthers are riding a six-match winning streak.

In their last four matches, Wiley has yet to give up a set.

Wiley swept Arickaree by scores of 25-17, 25-11, and 25-15 in a home match on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Fatima Gomez led the Lady Panthers at the net with 7 kills against Arickaree. Johanna Brown followed with 6 kills, Grace White had 5, Kj Phillips 4, Wayttyn Wollert 4, and Sariya Osborn 4.

Gomez also led her team at the service line with 5 aces and White had 2.

In the backrow, Jackie Salgado had 15 digs.

White and Osborn both had 9 assists.

The Lady Panthers played at Granada on Friday, Sept. 9 to face the Lady Bobcats (2-0).

In the first set, Wiley got all they could handle before they beat the Lady Bobcats 28-26. From there, the Lady Panthers rolled to wins in the next two sets 25-13 and 25-17.

Even though things didn’t go their way, Granada head coach Amanda Koeller said she was proud of her team.

“Unfortunately, the final scores did not go our way on Friday night versus Wiley but on the positive side the things that we accomplished makes a coach proud!” she said. “Our girls had fun on the court and battled a well-seasoned team that has year-round experience.”

“There were specific plays that we talked about all week long and our girls accomplished so many aspects of what we have discussed, and I am so proud!” Koeller said. “Yes, there were too many serve receive errors and too many tips that got to the floor on us, but those are corrections that can be made and lessons learned for future matches. To play our third match up against a high velocity team on their ninth match of the season, it was going to be a tough one, and it was. It is hard to take that first “L” in the column, but for these athletes to know that they competed head-to-head and took them to 28 points, that is a mental game win that we can build on in practice. Scores for second and third sets don’t look in our favor but for me to say that we worked on the mental game–we did. Wiley had to light a fire to come back that hard and turn up their own game to get out in front of us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the momentum to catch back up in either set. But it was a great night of volleyball in Granada, and I hope we get another shot at them this season.”

At the net, ToriLin Riddle paced the hitting attack with 10 kills and Kiana Herrera followed with 7 for Granada.

Paula Aguirre had 15 assists to set up her hitters.

On defense, Trinidie Quintana had 13 digs. Marissa Valenzuela added 10, Paula Aguirre 9, and Kiana Herrera, Vanessa Ayala, and Emersen Hernandez all had 6. Avery Baca and Jaleesa Rodriguez both had 4 digs.

Granada plays one match outside of their conference this week when they travel to face Arkansas Valley Conference opponent Walsh on Friday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.

“As we prepare this next week for Walsh, we need to keep doing more of what we have been doing,” said Koeller. “We beat Walsh last year and then turned around and lost to them the next day at the McClave tournament, so I know that they can rally and fight. They have some talented ladies of their own that we will need to watch out for. Our girls are going to come hungry to the floor on Friday to improve their record and standing because they will want to prove to themselves and Bobcat Nation that they are fighters!”

Wiley, meanwhile, will play its second league match of the season when they host South Baca on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

IN THE HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE, an intriguing match takes place when Kit Carson and McClave collide on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in McClave. This will be the first league match of the season for Kit Carson and the second league match for McClave.

No. 6 ranked Kit Carson boasts an 7-1 record and owns a seven-match winning streak.

The Lady Wildcats feature a senior-oriented team and led by all-around senior hitter Kenzie Waggoner who leads her team with 174 kills which is No. 1 among Class 1A hitters. Waggoner also has 11 blocks, 143 digs, and 13 aces to her credit.

Senior Tess Johnson has 61 kills, 15 blocks, 95 digs, and 12 aces while junior Payge Booker-Rady has 51 kills, 62 digs, and 12 aces.

Senior setter Ludovica Bridal, an exchange student from Italy, leads the state with 278 assists along with 78 digs and 10 aces.

Senior defensive specialists Torrie Randel has 138 digs while freshman Shay Rady has 18 ace serves.

On the other side of the net, a relatively young McClave team is 4-0 on the season.

Abrielle Gomez, a freshman, leads the Cardinals with 51 kills and 34 blocks. McKayla Kiniston, a junior, has 40 kills, 16 blocks, and 61 digs to her credit.

Ashlynn Steinbrunn, a freshman, has 22 kills, 10 ace serves, and 54 digs.

McKayla Phillips, a sophomore setter, has 110 assists to go along with 10 blocks and 35 digs.

McClave opened league play with a three-set win over Cheyenne Wells, 25-15, 25-15, and 25-14 last Thursday.

Kiniston and A. Gomez both had 12 and 10 kills respectively in the match. Steinbrunn and senior Mariah Enciso both added 4 kills each.

Gomez also contributed 12 blocks, Enciso 5, and Kiniston 4. Phillips had 26 assists.

In the backrow, Steinbrunn led the way with 21 digs. Kiniston followed with 17 digs, while senior Kennedy Vallejos had 11, A. Gomez 8, Phillips 8, sophomore Kierra Coen 7, and Enciso 6.

IN THE 2A SANTA FE LEAGUE, the Holly Lady Wildcats picked up their first win of the season after an 0-4 start.

Holly lost to Crowley County in three games 25-16, 25-16, and 25-15 last Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats traveled to Hoehne where they won 25-15, 16-25, 25-17, and 25-19 on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Graci Morlan led the Lady Wildcats with 10 kills. Nadia Cerros had 5 and Josie Kissell 4.

At the service line, Morlan had 5 ace servies, Haylee Darnell 4 and Cerros had 3.

On defense, Cerros had 17 digs, Averee Davis 16, Morlan 16, Kissell 12, and Aureonna Diaz had 8 digs.

Holly (1-4 in league play and 1-4 overall) plays two matches inside the conference this week.

The Lady Wildcats will host Swallows Charter (2-4) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 and then entertain Rye, at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

No. 4 state-ranked Rye is 4-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. The Lady Thunderbolts will host Crowley County on Tuesday before their match with Holly.

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