by Melissa Ray
PRIMERO- The Lady Redskins hopped on their big white pony and headed to Primero for a battle on Bulldog stomping grounds late Saturday. The Bulldogs were confident and prepared, but La Veta came in light on their feet and heavy on their battle axes.
La Veta took charge in the first set, with every lady warrior at the top of her game. Sofia Schneider opened up with a kill shot to announce the arrival of the tough Redskin team.
The Redskins played in sync and had very few errors. The Bulldogs simply could not get a good grip and the set ended 25-11 La Veta.
In the second set, the Bulldogs came out stronger, but La Veta simply couldn’t be touched. Judging by the beautiful saves, the Redskins came to steal this battlefield and no sacrifice was too great. The fans were treated to some very nice volleying by both teams.
It appears La Veta has perfected the short set or “one” which almost always catches the opposing team unprepared (this is when the setter sets the ball tight at the net and the hitter smashes it over the net before it really has a chance to leave the setter’s hands). This is truly a sweet move. Rena Trujillo, Brenna Ray, and Hannah Everett were all playing beautifully, spiking, dinking, and blocking. Haley Hake had a very long serving streak. This little battle ended 25-12 La Veta.
If La Veta thought they had this match in the bag, they were in for a surprise when the Bulldogs came back with some real fight in them for the third set. Hannah, Brenna, Haley, and Ashton Rinker came in with all their weapons ready for fire.
Being on the other side was not a pleasant place to be. The volleying was most definitely some of the best seen this season. The saves from both teams were incredible and downright amazing. Becca Uebler and Victoria Romero were quiet and steady warriors wherever they played on the court. Rena and Brandaise Martinez graced the entire match with beautiful sets.
The well-oiled machine called the Redskins took this set, too, with a much more conservative score of 25-20.
La Veta fans were treated to wins from the junior high and junior varsity teams as well. It was a great afternoon to be a Redskin!
The day before, the Redskins traveled to Sangre De Cristo for a non-league matchup with the 2A Thunderbirds. The girls played tough but 65 errors in a game make for a tough loss.
Rather than coming down on themselves, the girls came away with a strong fighting spirit that paid off in Primero.
Coach Brandi Menegatti said it this way: “Wowww! We’re gelling and we can’t ask for a better time to gel than right now. We’re two weeks away from District Tournament.
I think that going to play at Sangre, a really good ranked 2A school, helped us. We hung with them and I think that boosted our confidence as well. I think now they believe, as the coaching staff always has, that we have a legitimate shot.
If we can cut down on our errors, if we can bring our team together and lift each other up, then we’re gonna go a long way. We still have some work to do but, if we’re gonna peak, now’s the time to do it. Hooah!”
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