CENTER- The volleyball season for the La Veta Redskins ladies ended in disappointing fashion as they dropped two straight games at the district tournament, thus eliminating them from advancing into regional playoff action.
La Veta played a make-up district qualifying game against the Del Norte Tigers Friday morning to determine which would advance in the district action. La Veta handily defeated the Tigers in three games, 25-12, 25-13 and 25-16. La Veta had defeated Del Norte on three previous occasions this season.
La Veta immediately saw action again, this time against the Sanford Indians, winning in five games in a closely fought match, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26 and 16-14. The match saw the lead change hands several times.
Next up was the Sargent Farmers. The Redskins had beaten Sargent twice in the regular season. Fatigue and an injury to starter Jacey Day contributed to the Skins losing in four games, 25-27, 22-25, 25-23, and 21-25. According to Coach Lessar, “We had to make adjustments to our front line to compensate for the loss of Jacey.” The ladies showed a lot of character in their match against Sargent. In the fourth game, the Skins were down 9-20, then 12-21. Sami Willhoite then served up eight straight points to put the Skins back in the game, 20-21. In the end, La Veta simply ran out of time. According to Lessar, “the girls played defense very well in the closing minutes. Sargent ran a very effective attack from the middle and served very well.”
In a must-win game, La Veta faced the league leaders, Sangre de Cristo. SDC defeated the Skins twice in the regular season. If they defeated SDC, the Skins would receive an automatic berth at regionals. Facing elimination, the Skins took it to five games but fell short, losing the rubber game to end their season, 3 games to 2. The scores, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 14-25 and 8-15, were the closest against the Thunderbirds all season. After the loss, Lessar commented, “The girls played as well as they have played all season against Sangre, but we still lost in five games and we got to see why Sangre is ranked number 2 in the state.
Overall, the Redskins came together in the last half of the season and worked well as a team. Lessar also commented, “When Jacey became eligible to play, it really helped the team.“ Day was a force to reckon with. She could hit off the back row, serve with force and block on the net. Throughout the season, Senior Shelby Morgan was aggressive on the net. She was the team’s leading blocker. The other senior on the team, Jennifer Miller, was as aggressive on defense as she was on the other side of the net. Cara Campbell is likely the best libero in the league and should be named to the all-conference first team. Christina Koutnik had a powerful serve and added to the dominance of the Redskins’ offense. Betsy Trenckmann, Willhoite and the rest of the Redskins made this season an exciting one for the fans.
La Veta finished the season with an overall record of 17-7, finishing second in the league.