Sep 042012

By Greg Perkins
Snowflake’s Lady Lobos earned a split in their first two matches of the volleyball season, with both con-tests going to the five-game limit.
They opened the season at Payson last Tuesday, where they dropped the first game 25-18, then fell further behind with a close 25-23 loss in game two. With their backs against the wall, the Lady Lobos took game three 25-21, then battled through an extended game four, winning it 29-27 to send the match to a decisive fifth game. In the final game Payson rallied to win 15-11, taking the match 3-2.
In the match Tandis Yellowhair showed her power game, putting down 20 kills for Snowflake. Brett Brewer added 11, while Aubry Flake and Kilee Richards helped with six each.
On Wednesday the Lady Lobos hosted Winslow in their first home match of the year. Snowflake played well early in front of the hometown fans, rolling through the first game 25-12. Winslow countered by taking the second game 25-23, then the Lady Lobos regained the advantage with a 25-14 win in game three. Game four again went to extra time before the Lady Bulldogs forced a final game with a 28-26 victory. In the fifth game Snowflake found its stride, closing out the match with a 15-7 win.
Yellowhair again led the team in kills with 14. Richards added 10 and Brewer knocked down seven.
“We came out strong and felt confident after the first game. We lost that in the second game and after being down big, Rachel King helped us out by serving seven straight points, but we still lost by two,” said Coach Alan Ramage. “After playing well to win game three, in game four we were again down big and bat-tled back only to lose again by two. In the final game we went up 14-4 then finished it.
“My team is learning a lot and we are trying to put things together. We are very young, with only one sen-ior currently playing in games. Our young girls step up at times, then some of them make rookie mistakes.”