Category Archives: Lady Colt Volleyball

Colts drop five-set match to Demons in season final

Sophomore defensive specialist Jasmine Munoz digs out a Demon attack in the Lady Colt’s final match of the season, at home against Dexter High.

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The last game for the New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team did not pan out the way the envisioned it as they dropped a five set match to the Dexter Lady Demons. The set scores were 17-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 15-8

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley was proud of the way her team played and grew all season long.

“We had some really good moments tonight, said Coach Schooley we have been working on more communication I feel like we did that for the most part of the match. I am super proud of the girls. We have been through a lot this season and the girls needed to step up and they did. We made so many improvements throughout the year. Rilan Maloney and Dana Douglas really stepped up and would set the tone for our games. They are true leaders and they developed a lot of leadership skills this season. I also feel like the girls got more aggressive throughout the year. In the beginning we would be scrambling to get anything back over the net. By the end of the season we were in systems setting up plays. I am super proud of my seniors Madison Sandoval, Valerie Bandy, Dana Douglas, and Rory Kinnally it is hard to let them go.”

Lady Colts tame Panthers in three sets

NMMI sophomore Brynna Ferguson goes up for a kill attempt after a Lake Arthur overpass.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team defeated the Lake Arthur Panthers 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-21) in the Godfrey Athletic Center on Monday.

Head Lady Colt coach Stephanie Schooley was happy with the win, but still noted aspects that her team needed to improve.

Coach Schooley said, “We are trying to speed the game up a little bit trying to get some quick sets on free balls. We are also working on serve receive. We are trying to get the girls to move their feet to the ball first rather than them reaching for balls and being a half a step too late.”

NMMI improves their record to 4-4 on the season with the win tonight. The Lady Colts will play the Loving Lady Falcons on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Loving High School.

Falcons fly past Colts

NMMI sophomore Kenzley Stroh with a back-row set for the Lady Colts.

The Lady Colt volleyball team dropped their second match of the season, allowing the visiting Loving Falcons to fly away with a three-set win: 26-24, 25-8, 25-21.

Despite the loss, head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley was proud that her team fought back and did not give up.

“We were not aggressive in the beginning of the first set,” said coach Schooley. “When we woke up and played like we know how to play, we were able to come back and tie the set 24-24, but unfortunately it didn’t go our way. I have to give the girls credit they could have given up being down as much as they were, but they didn’t – they fought the whole set. We had too many over-passes tonight and Loving capitalized on every opportunity. I am proud of how the girls fought today. I see progress every day and I hope the girls see it too.”

Up next for the Lady Colts is the Warrior Invitational at Gateway Christian High School where they will start pool play on Friday morning at 8:30 AM facing Lake Arthur. The first round of bracket play will take place on Friday afternoon and the second and third rounds of bracket play will be on Saturday.

Warriors corral Colts for first win

Gateway junior McKayla Fox tips the ball over NMMI blockers Rilan Maloney and JayCee Payne.

NMMI Sports Press

Cross-town rival Gateway Christian topped the New Mexico Military Institute in a varsity volleyball match in the Godfrey Athletic Center on Thursday, corralling the Colts in straight sets: 25-21, 25-21, 25-12.

It was the second of the season for both teams – the Warriors had dropped their season-opener at Mescalero Apache in three sets, while the Colts won in Hondo in five.

“We did better than last week,” said head Gateway coach Kerri Pirtle. “Defense, we’re looking pretty good, but we’re struggling with hitting confidence right now. Both of our setters were out last game, and we’re trying to get them back in. One got back in full-time this game, the other is still favoring an injury a little bit.”

Coach Pirtle was especially happy with the experience her team is getting early in the season.

“We’ve got some young girls who are getting a lot of varsity experience right off the bat,” said coach Pirtle. “I’m very proud of them.”

Head NMMI coach Stephanie Schooley saw at least one positive in the loss.

“We were a little more comfortable tonight in our rotation. In Hondo we were kind of scrambling, forgetting where we were supposed to be,” said Schooley. “But it’s like we were playing in slow motion. I want to see us be more aggressive out there. On offense, I felt like we were just placing balls back over the net instead of really trying to swing. On defense, too much standing around, playing a spot on the floor, instead of opening up and transitioning to where the ball is at. Some of that will come with more communication with each other. We’re still learning to trust each other out on the floor, and finding out that the person behind you is going to back you up.”

Next up for NMMI will be a week chock-full of matches: Tuesday, Sept. 3 at home vs. Loving, Thursday, Sept. 5 on the road in Lake Arthur, then four more matches on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 in the Gateway Christian Classic.

The Warriors won’t play again until they host the above-mentioned tournament.

Colts clip Eagles in season opener

The Lady Colt varsity volleyball team hit the road on Thursday, headed to Hondo, for their season-opening match against the Lady Eagles.

NMMI took the first two matches, 25-19 and 25-21, but Hondo regrouped to take the next two both by the same 25-15 set score, forcing a final fifth-set showdown.

That final when down to the wire, with NMMI finishing up with a 15-13 win.

“The girls had to battle unti lthe last point to win the match in Hondo tonight,” said head NMMI coach Stephanie Schooley. “With this first mathc under our belts, we have a better understanding of what we can do well and what we still need to work on. We are still trying to figure out which rotation is going to work best for us this year, and we are still getting to know each other. It’s going to take some time for these girls to gel as a team, but I am super proud of their victory tonight.”

The Lady Colts will have just one day to prep and practice before their next schedule match, at home vs. in-town rival Gateway Christian on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6:00 PM. That match will be played at the Godfrey Athletic Center gym on the NMMI campus.