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Broncs down WTC in three sets – still undefeated in WJCAC play

NMMI’s Paola Rivera-Herrera with the jump serve. Photo by Laura Brown

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Megan Martinez wins a battle at the net. Photo by Laura Brown

Quick starts in all three sets led the New Mexico Military Institute Bronco volleyball team to another conference victory, keeping their perfect record intact in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

Playing at home against Western Texas College (13-16, 2-6), the Lady Broncos (24-11, 8-0) used a combination of a strong serves and relentless offense attacks to win in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15.

NMMI never trailed in any of the sets, and built commanding leads in all three. They started the first set of the match with a 7-0 run, led in the second set 11-2, then went up 13-1 to begin set three.

“I think that our kids came out and played really well from the start,” said head Bronco coach Shelby Forchtner. “We talked to them about the way things happened the last time we played WTC on their home court and had to play five sets. They defended us exceptionally well – so we worked on hitting a harder angle and changing up our shot selection. I feel like our kids did a great job on that today. We executed what was open and Western didn’t have the opportunity to defend.”

McKayla Landreth attack over the middle. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI had seven service aces in the match, including five by freshman setter and outside hitter Paola Rivera-Herrera.

“Another thing we wanted to do well in the match was to serve tough – and we did that,” continued Forchtner. “We had a lot of aces, we had them out of system, and we got a lot of down balls and free balls. When we serve that way, we can beat a lot of teams.”

On the offensive side, freshman Kim Trauboth led the Lady Broncos in kills with 10, but setters Rivera-Herrera and sophomore Mirna Kovačević did a great job mixing things up, allowing five other NMMI players to finish with five or more kills.

Outside attack by Gali Sanchez. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI looked good on defense as well. Trauboth and Rivera-Herrera had 13 digs each, and sophomores McKayla Landreth and Gali Sanchez led the blocking brigade with 1 solo and 12 assisted blocks.

“We’ve got a good line-up on the floor to start,” explained coach Forchtner about the team’s success and four-game winning streak. “We kind of changed some things up a few weeks ago. Our big swings are out there to start, and we’ve changed the rotation so that our best server is serving first. I think it’s helped us start games well. That was one of our issues before, starting off slow, then having to come back to beat teams, with every game being close. And now we’re starting ahead in sets, which puts extra pressure on the opposing team, plus it helps us when we make an error or two, not to lose momentum and confidence, because we’ve still got a good lead.”

Pass off the serve-receive by Briana Bustillos. Photo by Laura Brown

But coach Forchtner knows there’s still some tough conference matches left to play.

“We’ve got the two toughest conference matches left, Midland and Odessa. Midland is the hardest place in the world to play. Everything about their environment is drastically different than what we play in normally: they have a huge arena with lots of airflow; their floor is a sport court, which we almost never play on; they have these crazy lights which blind you when you look up. So not only are we going to have to play our best volleyball, but we’ll also have to deal with all of those things.”

“Then we have Odessa back here at home, and they’re definitely one of the best teams in the conference. But this is exactly where we want to be, defending first place,” finished Forchtner.

Right-side attack by Hannah Davis. Photo by Laura Brown

The match at Midland College will be on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:00 pm MDT.

The Lady Broncos will then finish up the regular season at home vs. Odessa on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2:00 pm MDT. The public is encouraged to attend that final match – which will be held at the Cahoon Armory gym on the NMMI campus – and help cheer on our Lady Broncos to what might be a WJCAC conference title and a first-place seed in the Region V West Postseason Tournament, which begins Nov. 3 in Odessa, Texas.

Great save by Kim Trauboth. Photo by Laura Brown

Broncos go 2-1 at San Jac Tri

Karen Rivera-Herrera goes up for a serve against Lee College on Saturday.

Pasadena, TX – New Mexico Military Institute Had a strong showing this past weekend at San Jacinto College and went 2-1.

Karime Raygoza gets one of her 35 defensive digs this weekend.

On Friday the Broncos took on San Jacinto College and lost 0-3 (25-18, 25-17, 25, 18).

Saturday was a different story for the Broncos, as they would defeat Victoria College 3-0 (25-10, 25- 9, 25-21) and Lee College 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-10).

Gali Sanchez passes a serve to the setter.

Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Davis and freshman outside hitter Kim Trauboth led NMMI (22-11, 5-0 WJCAC), over Victoria College. Trauboth finished with nine kills, three service aces, nine defensive digs and two block assists. Davis would add seven kills, five service aces, five defensive digs and two block assists.

McKayla Landreth goes up for a kill against San Jac.

McKayla Landreth also had a strong game. She hit .375, had seven kills and six blocking assists.

NMMI ended the game against Victoria College with a hitting percentage of .274, 33 kills and 14 aces.

Kim Trauboth get one of her 29 digs this weekend against Lee College.

Leading the Broncos over Lee College was freshman setter/outside hitter Karen Rivera-Herrera. She obtained an attacking percentage of .350, 10 kills, 18 assists, one service ace and six defensive digs.

Landreth had another strong game offensively with eight kills and an attacking percentage of .429. she also added an assisted block.

Gali Sanchez added seven kills with an attacking percentage of .500 and also added one defensive dig.

NMMI returns to action as they head to face Frank Philips College on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM CDT in Borger, TX

Broncos best Bulldogs in three

Pancake dig by NMMI’s Mirna Kovacevic.


McKayla Landreth winds up for a big swing.

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The NMMI Bronco volleyball team kept their perfect WJCAC conference record intact, downing Clarendon College at home in three straight sets: 2

5-14, 25-17, 25-18.

It was ‘Dig For The Cure’ night at the Cahoon Armory gym, and the pinked-out arena and packed house helped propel the Lady Broncos to a 20-10 overall record; 6-0 in conference.

Before the match, the Lady Broncos took time to honor local breast cancer survivors.

“For our part of Cancer Awareness Week, we wanted to take things a step further by actually reaching out to women in the Roswell community,” said head coach Shelby Forchtner. “We wanted the whole night, from start to finish, to be about them, to get them back out and around people – people that were giving them hugs and writing them letters, just making them feel good. Because going through cancer treatments is extremely trying on your body and it can be easy to just isolate yourself at home.”

Set by Paola Rivera-Herrera. Herrera also had 7 kills in the match.

After the introduction honors and starting line-ups were finished, it didn’t take long for NMMI to jump out to a commanding lead in the first set. The Institute never trailed in any of the three sets, and wowed the crowd with huge hits all night long.

“There were lots of seams for us to hit tonight, and we’re pretty good at hitting the hard cross,” said Forchtner about the big swings on offense. “So when Clarendon left that open, we told our players that’s going to be the shot, until they make an adjustment.”

Four Broncos had five kills or more in the match, with Gali Sanchez and Hannah Davis tying for the lead with eight each.

“We were able to utilize a lot of different people,” explained the coach. “Gali played well, Hannah played well, and I thought Megan Martinez played really well. We used Megan more and more as the match went on and it was good to see the setters trusting in her and getting her the ball.”

Megan Martinez goes up for kill.

Martinez finished the match with six kills and two aces.

She also praised her defense, who had some dazzling saves as well.

“I thought we did a good job on defense all the way around – there just wasn’t much that we let hit the ground,” said coach Forchtner. “Our block did a great job of setting the tempo.  We’re starting to learn that we don’t have to block everything straight down. Tonight we were getting touches non-stop and then were able to score off of that.”

Libero Karime Raygoza was NMMI’s digs leader with eight; Kim Trauboth was close behind with seven.

Next up for NMMI is the San Jac Tri-Match, where the Lady Broncos will square off with San Jacinto, Lee and Victoria Colleges.

Kim Trauboth gets one of her seven digs on the night.

“San Jac and Lee are both very good teams,” said Fochtner. “San Jac is always in the top 20, and Lee is one of those powerhouse Texas schools. This is our last big road trip – the rest of the way is the second half of conference play – and we’re looking forward to trying to get some wins against big teams.”

The next conference match for NMMI will at Frank Phillips College on Oct. 18. Their next match at home will be a Saturday match at 2 PM on Oct. 21 vs. Western Texas College.

Bronco volleyball downs FPC in straight sets for another WJCAC win

Solo block by NMMI’s Megan Martinez. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson

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Backcourt dig by NMMI libero Karime Raygoza. Photo by Sharoya Sewell

The NMMI Bronco volleyball team upped their conference record to 2-0 as they swept Frank Phillips in three sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-19. 

“We started off really strong in the first game and then we played a typical game two for us, which is getting behind, making errors, and sometimes wining the games,” said coach Shelby Forchtner.  

NMMI sophs McKayla Landreth and Hannah Davis team up for the double block. Photo by Sheroya Sewell

NMMI was down early as Frank Phillips opened up the second set 5-0, but the Broncos went on to win the match 25-23, thanks in large part to Megan Martinez who finished the match with five kills on eight attempts – most of those kills coming as NMMI rallied from that opening deficit. 

“We need to get in some type of rhythm to where we are playing the rest of the game like we do in game one. We need more energy and offensive firepower, which is weird because we have all the tools that we need offensively and we are not playing at a high level,” said Forchtner. 

Outside attack by NMMI’s Kim Trauboth. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson

The Broncos will have to up their level of play this weekend at the Southern Nevada Tournament. 

They are scheduled to play Seward County, Snow College, Glendale Community College and Salt Lake Community College – all ranked teams in this week’s NJCAA National Volleyball Poll. 

Briana Bustillos gets low to dog out a FPC serve. Photo by Sheroya Sewell

”This will be a really high level tournament and we are excited to play because the one game we played really consistently was against a national ranked team. We have won some games and I hope they will feed off of that energy, but usually when they see a team as good as they are, they seem to play better,” said Forchtner.  

Backrow attack by Karen Rivera-Herrera. Photo by Sheroya Sewell

NMMI is now 12-2 on the season and those wins have built confidence as the team heads into the Southern Nevada Tournament 

Said Forchtner, “I am hoping that we go into this weekend with that type of mentality so we can knock some people off.” 

The Broncos will take on ninth-ranked Seward County in the opening round – match scheduled to start at 6:00 PM MDT in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bronco volleyball goes 3-1 at the Odessa Invitational

Paola Rivera-Herrera attempts a kill while the team covers.

Odessa, TX – The NMMI Bronco volleyball team went 3-1 this weekend at the Odessa Invitational.

Friday morning the Broncos took on Blinn College and lost the match in 5 sets 25-19, 16-25, 23-25, 25-22 and 12-15.

Coach Shelby Forchtner commented, “I feel like we aren’t playing real consistent and that is why we are dropping games that we shouldn’t. Epically Saturday morning, we started off game one really strong. We were playing really good defense, blocking some balls and we were playing pretty good offensively, but we didn’t take that into game two and three at all.”

NMMI would go on to lose set two and three, but rally to force a deciding game five match.

“We had the lead in game four, but then we would lose it and then come back. That is what happened to us on the fifth set as well. I think our team is a little inconsistent and we don’t have anyone standing out right now”, said Forchtner.

Kim Trauboth gets one of her seven service aces this weekend.

The Broncos would turn things around against Eastfield College and win the match in three straight sets 25-21, 25-21 and 25-19.

“We are super error prone. If we can get to a point to where we are not making a lot of errors we can beat some really good teams. By minimizing our errors, we could be beating teams the way we should and not give up a set here and there.” Forchtner said.

They would finish 1-1 on the day.

Brigitte Needham saves a ball from reaching the floor.

On Saturday, NMMI would take on Temple College and Barton College to go 2-0 on the day and 3-1 at the tournament.

NMMI started the morning off early as they played Temple College at 8:00 AM MDT, which is the earliest game they will play all year.

The Broncos got off to an early start by winning two sets in a row 25-5 and 25-20, However, they would drop set three 25-21 and win the match in the fourth set 25-13.

In the final game of the day, the Broncos would take on Barton College.

Valentina Vincent gets a dig at the Odessa Invitational this weekend.

Forchtner said, “This game is the first game since Snow that we had a good energy. Our bench was feeding off the floor and the floor was feeding off the bench, it just seemed like we were clicking.”

The Broncos rolled over Barton in three sets 25-16, 25-17 and 25-20 to finish the tournament 3-1 and 2-0 on the day.

McKayla Landreth serves against Blinn College.

“Our offense was doing really good and our serve receive was good. I felt like everything we did out there was good except our blocking. We are a really good blocking team and for some reason, we did not block well these four games and we didn’t block well against Clarendon.  So it’s been five games straight, but we blocked well in Arizona,” said Forchtner.

NMMI will host their first home conference match of the season against Frank Phillips College at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.

Forchtner said, “We were able to play Frank in a scrimmage and actually beat them, but you just never know because they have been together for several weeks and they could be a totally different team. I think every conference match for us is going to be a competitive game.”