By Greg Perkins
Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday evening for Senior Night, the Lady Roadrunners defeated Winslow in three straight games. Two rival schools, each with a strong showing of support for their team and with great sportsmanship exhibited by both sides, made for an awesome atmosphere not usually witnessed at a volleyball game. Credit should go to both schools for their efforts both on and off the floor.
Seniors Tess Baldonado and Shandie Demuth were honored prior to the match, and Holbrook played with a ton of momentum in the first game. Baldonado pounded home several kills early in game one, which Holbrook dominated throughout, winning it 25-11.
Winslow stole some of Holbrook’s momentum in the second game, coming up with blocks and down balls forging the way to a 20-20 tie. At that point Holbrook edged ahead, eventually winning the second game 25-21.
The Bulldogs tried to stay close in game three as both teams hustled for loose balls. In the end Holbrook again pulled away late, ending the game and the match with a 25-18 decision.
Baldonado finished her final game on her home court with 21 kills, three aces, nine digs and one block. Demuth lofted up 22 assists, and had one ace and 10 digs. Teyah Goldtooth finished with seven kills, 17 digs and one block. Terrilyn Lester added five kills, two aces and three digs. Mariah Cummings helped with three kills and six digs. Shayna Carlson had one kill, one ace and two digs. Demi Phaturos finished with one ace and six digs. Alex Jeffers-Sample added two kills and one dig. Dena Kinlicheenie finished with 10 assists, two aces and five digs.
With the win Holbrook improved its power point win mark to 11-5. After playing their final match of the regular season at Joseph City on Wednesday, the Roadrunners will have more than a week off to prepare for their first round state tournament match, which will be played on Friday, Nov. 8, at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The final standings and bracket match-ups won’t be determined until this weekend.
By Greg Perkins