By Greg Perkins
Starting the season with a young team usually means having to go through some growing pains before the players start to gel together. The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners won their first match of the year, then dropped six straight, although it appears in their past two matches they may have turned the corner.
Hosting Show Low on Saturday, the Lady Roadrunners avenged an earlier controversial five-game loss at Show Low, sending the Lady Cougars home with a 3-1 loss, although each of the four games was close.
Holbrook won the first two games 25-23, came up short in the third, 25-21, then closed out the match by winning the fourth 25-21.
In that match Tess Baldonado and Teyah Goldtooth combined for 41 kills. Shandie Demuth set them up with 44 assists. Corazon Alvarado helped with eight kills, Terrilyn Lester had five, Demuth had two and Samantha Smith added one. Along with Demuth’s large number of assists, Smith added three, Dena Kinlichee-nie had two, and Baldonado and Lester added one each.
Holbrook played well defensively, combining for 108 total digs, led by Libero Demi Phaturos with 28 digs. Alvarado finished with 25, Goldtooth had 22; Lester, 15; Demuth, 14; Kinlicheenie, 2; and Baldonado and Tilly Kelly, one each. Baldonado finished with six blocks, Smith had five and Goldtooth three. Corazona Alvardo led the team with three aces.
Hosting Winslow on Tuesday evening, Holbrook took care of the Lady Bulldogs in three straight games, although two of the trio were close. Holbrook won the first 25-20, controlled the second 25-16 and closed out the match in the third with a 25-23 win.
The Lady Roadrunners weren’t as strong at the net, finishing with just 34 kills led by Goldtooth with 13 and Baldonado with 12. Lester finished with four. Demuth and Alvarado had a pair each. Demuth led with 26 assists, and Smith added three. Alvarado led the team in digs with 14, Goldtooth added 10; Baldonado, eight; Demuth, six; Phaturos, five; and Kinlicheenie, four.
With the win the Lady Birds improved to 3-6 in power point contests. This weekend they will be in action at their final tournament of the season with a short trip to compete in the Snowflake Invitational.
They have two more home matches next week, hosting Mogollon on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Blue Ridge on Thursday, Sept. 27.
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By Greg Perkins