Broncos go 2-0 in opening day of NMMI Classic

NMMI middle blocker and former Goddard Rocket stand-out Vittoria Price wins a battle at the net against Hutchinson’s Myracle Lettries for one of her 12 kills the Broncos’ two opening matches in the 12th Annual NMMI Classic Volleyball Tournament. Price’s prowess at the net helped NMMI win both of their Day 1 matches. Photo courtesy of cadet Christopher Mumba.

The Bronco volleyball team won both of their Day 1 matches in the 12th Annual NMMI Classic Volleyball Tournament, downing Scottsdale Community College in three close sets (25-19, 26-24, 25-19) in their 1:00 PM season-opener on Friday, Aug. 23, then outlasted Hutchinson Community College for a four-set win in a 7:00 PM nightcap (25-23, 21-25, 25-10, 25-14).

One of Hula Crisostomo’s 30 digs in the Broncos second match vs. Hutchison. Photo courtesy of cadet Christopher Mumba.

Sophomore libero Hula Crisostomo had an outstanding defensive match vs. Hutch, recording 30 digs vs. only one reception error, with five players paving the way on offense by collecting 8 or more kills. Sophomore Violeta Mendoza Quintana was NMMI’s kill leader with 13; freshmen Alyssa LukasikVittoria Price and Julia Johnson had 10, 9 and 8, respectively; and soph Gabriela Lange posted 8 kills as well.

We got into a really good rhythm in those last two sets [vs. the Blue Dragons],” said head NMMI coach Shelby Forchtner. “We started serving a little bit tougher, and our defense just let nothing hit the floor – it didn’t matter what they threw at us, we just scooped it right up. Hula and Yume [Nawa], and even our setters [Barbara Celler and Tiffinay Gauspohl] were playing really good defense. We also had more a little offensive firepower. That really made the difference.”

Dig by soph defensive specialist Yumeno Nawa, also against HCC. Photo by cadet Christopher Mumba.

With the pair of ‘W’s, the Broncos start the season 2-0, but will face some tough opponents in tomorrow’s Day 2 matches. First up will be Pima CC at 12:00 PM and then Arizona Western College at 4:00 PM.

Both games will be held in the Cahoon Armory gym on the NMMI campus, and the public is enouraged to come out watch soem fantastic Division I junior college volleyball action.

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