Category Archives: Lady Colt Volleyball

Colts drop 3-2 battle with Warriors

Kenna Roberts (10) gets the ball over the block of Gillian Taylor (4) of the Warriors.
Photo Courtesy of: Shutternut

NMMI Sports Press

Demitra Ulibarri sets up the lady Colts for an attack.

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Gateway Christian Lady Warriors in five sets at Gateway Christian High School.

The Lady Colts won the first set 25-18 led by three kills from Rilan Maloney. Maloney also had four digs and a block in the set. Kenna Roberts also had two kills during the first set.

Set two did not go to plan for NMMI as Gateway Christian won the set 25-15. Maloney also had three kills in the set.

The Colts would start on a 5-0 run lead by server Demitra Ulibarri who had two service aces in that span. NMMI was up as much as 21-6 in the set before Gateway Christian closed the gap to 25-16 in favor of NMMI to take set three.

“Demitra was aggressive with her serving tonight.” said Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley. “She played like a senior tonight.”

Rilan Maloney led the Colts with 13 kills on the night.

Gateway Christian and NMMI fought hard in the fourth set. The set went back and forth no team had more than a six point lead throughout. Long rallies made the set an endurance test for both teams. NMMI came back from a 12-6 deficit to take a 14-12 lead. Then the Colts were up 23-22 in the fourth set but the Warriors got three straight points to win the set 25-23.

Schooley thought set four was the difference tonight. Schooley said, “We had an intense practice yesterday. I was worried going into a fifth set because of the practice yesterday.”

The fifth set was all GWC as they jumped out to a 12-6 lead on an 8-3 run during that span in the best of 15 set. The Colts would drop the set 15-8 and the Warriors would win the fifth set and the match 3-2.

Rilan Maloney collected 13 kills for the Colts while having 21 digs during the match. Kenna Roberts had nine kills while digging out five balls and blocking six Warrior attacks. Demitra Ulibarri led the team with five service aces while getting 11 kills and seven digs.

Schooley was pleased by the effort of her team today.

Schooley said, “We had intensity in spurts. When we play with Intensity we do really well and we do not make many mistakes. I cannot fault my girls for their effort tonight. We just have to find a way to keep the intensity throughout

Matteya Vigil spikes the ball for a lady Colt attack.

the whole match instead of in spurts.

Schooley talked about communication with the team. Schooley said, “Rilan and Demitra were my top communicators today. I knew when the ball was going to them a play was going to be made.”

The Lady Colts will be playing in Mescalero on Tuesday, Sep. 25th at 5:30 PM. NMMI and Mescalero have played once already this year in Godfrey Athletic Center  and Mescalero won in four sets on Sep. 11th. NMMI will have their last home match of the year on Thursday, Sep. 27th against Vaughn. NMMI’s last regular season game will be at Dexter on October 4th at 5:30 PM.

Lady Colts fall to Loving

NMMI senior setter Demitra Ulibarri with a quick tip back onto the Lady Falcon’s side to avoid the block.

NMMI Sports Press

Senior Casey Day goes up for the block.

The New Mexico Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Loving Falcons in three sets at Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

The Lady Colts got down early in the first set, but battled back to almost take the lead at one point. The Falcons were able to close the first set giving them a 25-17 set one win.

In the second set The Lady Colts could not muster a big run to gain momentum in the set losing 25-12.

NMMI gained momentum in the third set. Loving did not get a big jump early and NMMI was able to take the lead 21-17, but after a Loving timeout NMMI fell 25-23 in the third set.

Senior middle Keena Roberts goes around the Loving block on a cross-court kill attempt.

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley said, “We are making too many errors and we cannot finish a set.”

Coach Schooley was pleased with her teams effort for most of the third set. Coach Schooley said, “We started to communicate and we did not hesitate for balls. We started to play how we know how to play until the end of the set.”

Next up for the Lady Colts is a match against Gateway Christian at Gateway Christian High School on Tuesday Sep, 20 at 6 PM.

Coach Schooley said it will take a team effort to win at Gateway. “We have to keep the same level of play throughout the match and not for just two or three point spurts.”

Mescalero stops comeback bid by Lady Colts

Lady Colt senior middle Keena Roberts goes up against Mescalero’s Ramona Fossum in a battle at the top of the net. Photo courtesy Rene Aguilar.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt varsity volleyball team slipped to 4-5 on the season, following a loss at home vs. the Mescalero Apache Chiefs [3-2] in four sets: 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 26-24.

In the beginning and middle of the first set, after NMMI had picked up the first two points, the Lady Chiefs dominated. They went on three separate runs, led by excellent serving, to go up 22-5.

Lady Colt senior Keena Roberts finally put an end to the last Chief rally, then served up three points for NMMI to make it 22-9.

Mescalero took the next two, to make it set point, 24-9. But NMMI’s comeback attempt had only just begun. Roberts got a kill to break the Chiefs’ serve, then sophomore Rilan Maloney knocked two to the floor to make it 24-12.

After a Mescalero timeout, NMMI collected another five straight, including two kills by frosh Matteya Vigil, an ace by Roberts, and a quick-set dink by senior Demitra Ulibarri, to make it 24-17.

The Chiefs finally managed to close out the match on block for the first set win.

In the second set, NMMI again let Mescalero jump out to a big early lead, 6-1, but this time battled back much sooner.

A kill by senior Casey Day brought NMMI back to within one, and another kill by freshman Celeste Martin tied it 6-6 – the first of six ties in the set.

Another dump set by Ulibarri gave NMMI their first lead of the match, 13-12. After ties at 13 and 14, NMMI went up by two, 17-15, after an Ulibarri ace.

Mescalero again managed to knot up the score a final time at 18, but the Lady Colts moved ahead 22-19 after a kill and then an ace by Maloney.

Roberts collected the final set point for NMMI on a kill attempt over the middle.

In set three, the Lady Chiefs again started off strong: a 6-0 run quickly turned into a 13-3 lead, then 18-9.

Another NMMI come back was in the works, however. A pair of aces by Day made it 20-14. Then two more points on serves by Roberts further cut the lead, 21-17. After giving up the next two points, NMMI managed another small four-point run before Mescalero managed the final set point.

Set 4 was the closest of all. Again the Chiefs ran out to an early lead, 9-3. A kill by Day made it 9-4 and she then served up four straight points to make it a 10-8 ballgame.

Another Mescalero run made it 16-9, but hard serves by Ulibarri again cut into that margin, 16-13.

After a tie at 19 came perhaps the longest and best rally of the night. The ball went back and forth at least 10 times to each side, with spectacular diving saves after big kill attempts, and desperate one-handers managing to salvage missed passes. NMMI walked away with the point to go up 20-19 – just their second lead in the match.

A block by Ulibarri made it 21-19. A kill by Roberts made it 22-20. A kill from the backrow by NMMI junior libero Dana Douglas made it 23-21.

But it was tied at 23s after an NMMI service error and a failed tip attempt.

An outside kill by Maloney brought the score to set point, 24-23, but the Chiefs went on a three-point run to close out the set and take the match.

“We’re slow at the start,” said head coach Stephanie Schooley. “We need to begin playing, at 0-0, with the same intensity that we’re playing with at the end of the game when it’s 23-22. We’re spotting teams too many points before we’re starting to play, and it’s just too hard to dig yourself out of holes that big.”

“It’s impressive the way we clawed our way back in those sets and make it a decent match,” continued Schooley. “I was excited when we got into double digits in the first set, and then we just continued to get more and more points and made it into a game. It says a lot about these girls, that they didn’t give up, but made the plays to get back, not only in the first set, but winning set two, being close in set three, and almost forcing a fifth set.”

“Physically we have the skills to do what we need to do to win, but mentally we need to get better prepared, especially at the beginning,” finished Schooley. “I also think we need to communicate better. When we talk to each other, pick each other up in between plays it helps us so much.”

Next up for the Lady Colts will be a road-trip to Vaughn to take on the 0-2 Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:00 PM MDT.

Lady Colts win Consolation Championship at Warrior Invitational

The Lady Colt volleyball team posses with the Consolation Championship trophy at the Warrior Invitational.

NMMI Sports Press

Casey Day with a spike.

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team won both of their games on Saturday at the Warrior Invitational. Both matches against Lake Arthur and Carrizozo were won in three sets.

The Lady colts took control of the first match of the day by defeating Lake Arthur 25-7, 25-20, 25-4 in three sets. This was the second time that the Lady Colts and Lady Panthers have met during the season where NMMI has taken both matches in three sets.

Matteya Vigil with a dig and Dana Douglas backing up the play.

In the Consolation Championship match the Lady Colts faced the Lady Grizzlies. The Lady Colts did not trail much during the match, but the match remained close throughout. The big turning point in the match was in the second set where the Lady Colts were down 19-18 and ended the set on a 7-3 run to give them the set win (25-22) and put them up 2-0 in sets. The Lady Colts continued the momentum they had at the end of the second set to take the Consolation Championship in three sets.

Head Lady Colt Volleyball Coach Stephanie Schooley was pleased of the Lady Colts in today’s matches.

“We played a lot of volleyball this weekend, and I am proud of the way the girls played as a team the entire day.”

The Lady Colts next match will be against Mescalero Apache on Tuesday, Sep. 11th at 5:00 PM in Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

Lady Colts fall to Hondo Valley in Warrior Invitational

Demitra Ulibarri sets the ball for a Lady Colt attack

NMMI Sports Press

Rilan Maloney with a dig during the Warrior Invitational

The New Mexico Military Institute Lady Colt volleyball team lost in three sets to the Hondo Valley Eagles 26-24, 25-20, 25-18 at the Warrior Invitational on Friday.

This was the third time that the two teams have met during the young season where the Eagles have been victorious twice.

The Lady Colts came out of pool play as the number two seed of their side of the pool.

The Lady Colts had their chances to get the momentum in the first set against Hondo Valley, but gave up a five point lead to them late in the match for Hondo to take the set 26-24.

Keena Roberts gets the ball over the reach of a Hondo Valley defender.

The second and third sets were similar to each other as the score indicated. Hondo valley would get a run of four or five and the Lady Colts would get a run of two or three to give Hondo valley the victory in the two competitive sets.

Head Lady Colt Volleyball Coach Stephanie Schooley was proud of her team’s effort, but also said the team can improve.

Coach Schooley said, “I’m proud of the girls hustle today, but I want them to be more consistent. It seems like we do well for two or three points and then not so good for four or five points. Once we can put it together I feel like we can make some progress.”

The Lady Colts next match in the Warrior Invitational will be tomorrow (Sep. 8th) at 8:30 AM against Lake Arthur. The winner will move on to the Consolation Championship game at 12:30 PM.