By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos entered the Division III State Volleyball Tournament as the number one overall seed and through the first two rounds they were able to back up that lofty ranking, but they ran into a buzzsaw in the next round. A dominating win over Catalina Magnet school in the first round was followed by a hard fought 3-2 win over Thunderbird in the quarterfinal round. Snowflake’s season came to a close in the semifinals on Saturday with a tough loss to eventual state runner-up Cactus.
Facing No. 16 Catalina Magnet last Friday afternoon the Lobos met little resistance, winning the match in three straight games, 25-13, 25-10 and 25-13.
Tandis Yellowhair led the team with 19 kills, one ace, one block and eight digs. Emma Tenney added nine kills, one ace and one dig. Kadi Johnson had three kills, one block, one dig and nine assists. Brittlee Merrell had two kills, one ace and one block. Maryssa Tenney had one kill, one ace, one block, two digs and lofted up 25 assists. Rachelle King finished with one kill, served seven aces, and had one block, and two digs. Shayna Austin had five digs.
In second round action on Friday night Snowflake had a tough battle against Thunderbird. The Lady Chiefs pushed Snowflake to a fifth game before the Lobos came away with a 3-2 win. This match was close throughout until the final game. Snowflake won the first game 25-22, then outlasted Thunderbird in the second, winning it 27-25. Games three and four went to the Chiefs, both by finals of 25-22. Snowflake found its footing in the final game, winning it 15-6 to close out the match.
Yellowhair finished the match with 28 kills, one ace and 14 digs. Emma Tenney added 31 kills, one block and 12 digs. Johnson had three kills and three blocks. Merrell finished with one ace, one block and two digs. Maryssa Tenney had two kills, one block, nine digs and 33 assists. King also had 33 assists, along with three digs, one block and one ace.
Friday’s two wins put Snowflake into the semifinal round on Saturday, where the Lobos met up with the fifth ranked Cactus Cobras. Cactus set the tone for the match, winning the first two games 25-22, then closed out Snowflake’s season by winning game three 25-20. The Cobras advanced to the championship match, where they fell to state champion Flagstaff in five games.
In the season ending match Yellowhair finished with 19 kills. Emma Tenney had 13 kills, one ace and seven digs. Johnson added two kills and one block. Merrell finished with four kills and two blocks. Maryssa Tenney had one kill, one block, one dig and 16 assists. King served one ace, and had five digs and 19 assists.
The Lobos finished the season with an overall power point match record of 18-2, which included all three state tournament matches.
By Greg Perkins