By Greg Perkins
Hosting their own volleyball invitational, the Lady Lobos fought their way into the championship match, but came up just short in the title game, falling to Monument Valley in a tight match.
Snowflake rolled through all of its pool play games last Friday, beating Chinle, Round Valley and Window Rock, all 2-0.
On Saturday the Lobos took care of Holbrook, 2-0, and Blue Ridge, 2-0. They suffered their first loss of the tourney in bracket play against Monument Valley, losing to the Mustangs in three games, 25-22, 15-25 and 10-15. They bounced back to take care of Blue Ridge in three games, 19-25, 25-9 and 15-9. Snowflake then handed the Mustangs their first loss in the finals, winning the match in two games. With the double elimination format, Snowflake and Monument Valley met up again in the finals with each team having beaten the other once.
The final title match was close throughout, but in the end the Mustangs prevailed. All three games were competitive, with each decided by two points. Snowflake took the first game 25-23, then dropped the second 27-25. Monument closed out the match by winning game three 16-14.
“We beat them once, but had to do it twice. It was a fun tournament and a competitive final match with the Mustangs,” said Coach Alan Ramage.
Blue Ridge finished the tournament in third place and Window Rock took fourth.
Earlier in the week the Lobos easily handled visiting Cortez, beating the Colts in three straight games, 25-13, 25-18 and 25-8.
In that match Tandis Yellowhair had six kills, four aces, one block and three digs. Kadi Johnson helped with one kill and one block. Maryssa Tenney added one kill and six assists. Rachelle King had one kill, five aces and set up 22 assists. Aubry Flake had five kills and one block. Sydney Olsen finished with three kills. Kilee Richards added four kills and two assists. Britlee Merrell had five kills and one assist. Emma Tenney helped with 10 kills and served three aces. Melissa Eich had one assist and Colie Burdick finished with two digs.
The Lobos head into this week with a 3-1 power point mark. After playing at Winslow on Tuesday, they will host Blue Ridge tonight (Sept. 25) and Payson on Thursday, Sept. 26.
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By Greg Perkins