Oct 212011

By Greg Perkins–

A week off from school and some extra days rest proved to be the cure the Holbrook volleyball team needed.

The Lady Roadrunners came back from fall break and played very well in their first match, taking down Joseph City in three straight games. Playing with a lead for much of the first game, Holbrook fell behind late in the game, but came back to win it 25-23. From that point on the Lady Birds played great defense and got the job done, winning the second game 25-20 and closing out the match with a 25-16 win in the third game.

Holbrook finished the match with 36 kills led by Tess Baldonado with 11 and Aaren LaRose with 10. Bethany Baldwin added nine, Shantina Kinlicheenie had three, and Samantha Smith, Corazon Alvarado and Tiffany Haskie each had one.

Holbrook served up eight aces during the match, with Kellin Bakurza leading the way with half of that total. Smith, Alvarado, Kinlicheenie and Baldonado each served one ace.

Baldonado ended with two solo blocks, while Demuth and Bethany Baldwin each returned one Joseph City kill attempt.

Holbrook passed the ball well, allowing Bakurza to end the night with 17 assists. Kinlicheenie added eight, Demuth had seven, and Baldonado and Maria Garcia each had one.

Defensively, Holbrook played solid with 71 digs in the match. Garcia, the team’s Libero, led the way with 15. LaRose added 13, Kinlicheenie, 12, Bakurza, 11, Bethany Baldwin, eight, Alvarado and Baldonado, four each, Smith, two, and Tiffany Haskie and Tamika Baldwin, one each.

With just three matches remaining, Holbrook is still outside of the top 16 in power points, and may need to win all three matches to advance to the state playoffs in Division IV. Heading into their final three matches the Lady Birds were 6-8 in power point contests. After playing at St. Johns on Wednesday and hosting Winslow on Thursday, they will have a week off to prepare for their final regular season match, which will be on Senior Night, Thursday, Oct. 27, when Ganado makes a visit to Muñoz Gym.