Sep 272013

By Greg Perkins
The Lady Roadrunners pushed their regular volleyball season mark to 4-1 with a 3-0 win over visiting Show Low Tuesday evening.
Holbrook won the first game 25-23, then battled from behind to take the second 27-25. The Roadrunners took control of game three early, eventually ending the match in fashion with Tess Baldonado blasting the 25th and final point for one of her match high 20 kills.
Show Low fought tough in the first two games, but in game three Holbrook was able to rattle the Cougars with some good defensive play and some hard kill shots from both Baldonado and Teyah Goldtooth.
With the all important power points just posted this week, Holbrook was ranked 11th going into the Show Low contest. The Roadrunners need to finish in the top 16 in the rankings to qualify for the state tournament. While the rankings will remain very fluid over the course of the next six weeks, 11th is a good place to begin for Coach Leslie Baldonado’s team. A tough stretch in their schedule looms ahead, so the Birds need to grab as many wins as possible.
Baldonado finished the match with 20 kills, one block, eight digs and an ace. Hitting partner Goldtooth added 10 kills, one block, 17 digs and an ace. Ashley Attakai had two kills and a dig. Brandi Cline helped with nine digs. Demi Phaturos had four digs from her Libero position. Dena Kinlicheenie added nine assists and nine digs. Mariah Cummings had one kill and three digs. Shandie Demuth set her teammates up with 20 assists, and had three kills, a half a block and six digs. Shayna Carlson chipped in with one dig and one assist. Terrilyn Lester returned to the court after missing some time with injury, and helped with one kill and one dig. She also teamed up with Demuth for a half a block.
After hoping to avenge their only league loss to Blue Ridge on Thursday in Lakeside, the Roadrunners will travel to Chinle on Saturday, Sept. 28, to face a Wildcat team they have already beaten handily. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, they play at home again when the Lady Bruins from Hopi come to town.