by Melissa Ray
LA VETA — Once again, the La Veta Redskin Volleyball team had an undefeated weekend, bringing home the trophy as District champs from Centennial Ram territory.
It was an incredible day of volleyball for the Lady Redskins last Friday. They started out the morning at 10 am with a quick warm up against the Creede Miners. They stepped in and finished business quickly in three sets: 25-11, 25-6, and 25-16.
The second battle was scheduled to begin at 1 pm with the Cotopaxi Pirates. Cotopaxi proved to be a more difficult opponent, winning the second set against the Redskins 25-21. However, La Veta pulled out the win in four sets, taking set one 25-17, set three 25-10, and set four 25-22.
The final game of the day began at 3:30: The La Veta Redskins vs. Centennial Rams. Both teams wanted the title of District Champions, but La Veta came to take it home, no questions asked.
There was good volleying to start the first set off, but the Redskins pulled ahead quickly. The Rams came back and the teams began trading point for point. Once again, La Veta pulled ahead with the Redskins’ starting players Rena Trujillo, Brenna Ray, Ashton Rinker, and Hannah Everett firing shot after shot into Ram territory. This set ended 25-18 Redskins.
Both teams came in playing tough for the second battle. The Rams simply were no match for the teamwork going on in Redskin territory. The Redskin team continued to play solidly, placing their spikes in vulnerable spots. Ray and Sofia Schneider continued to serve hard and consistently. This set ended 25-17.
The third set was simply more of the same consistency. La Veta continued to pummel the Rams with hard spikes from everywhere and tremendous serving. Rinker definitely chipped her battle ax in this set. Haley Hake proved to be an asset at the net with her long arms. Rebecca Uebler had a beautiful game. She was a quiet warrior who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
The Rams fought hard, refusing to give up to the very end. They gave all they had, but the Redskins came with all their weapons and the resolve to win no matter what. The match was won for the Redskins with a final score of 25-20.
Schneider and Ray are ranked #1 and #4 in all of 1A in Colorado on aces and #2 and #10 in the whole state 1-5A! Awesome!
Coach Menegatti’s quote for the week: “I was really impressed this weekend with the entire team. Every player came ready to play and that’s what it will take to get to state. We had phenomenal teamwork and the team will move forward if we continue to talk and move the court. At this time in the playoffs, we will need to be at the top of our game which was how we played and is what will get us to state if we do it again on Friday. How awesome is it that we get to qualify for state in our own gym in front of the incredible La Veta crowd and community? Go Redskins!”
The Lady Redskins will host regionals in their hometown gym on Friday. They will play the Cotopaxi Pirates first and then will head into a battle with Dove Creek, a team they have not met during league play.