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NMMI moves to 5-0 in the WJCAC after defeating Midland in three sets

NMMI freshman Katelynn Gutz goes up for the attack over the middle against Midland College, Gutz finished with 6 kills to help the Bronco’s down the Lady Chaps in 3 straight sets. Photo Courtesy: Rene Aguilar

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco volleyball team defeated the Midland College Chaps in three straight sets 25-23, 25-20, and 25-16 on Wednesday in Cahoon Armory Gym.

In the first set NMMI was ahead 16-12 when the Chaps called a time out. The Chaps almost came back and took the set, but NMMI prevailed and took the set 25-23

The Chaps were out ahead 8-4 at one point during the second set, but the Broncos made a comeback and tied the set at 11-11 including a 6-0 run at one point with Barbara Celar serving. The Broncos would get as much as a 17-13 lead before the Chaps tied it 17-17, but the Broncos ended the set on an 8-5 run for the 25-20 set victory.

Head Bronco volleyball Shelby Forchtner was proud of her teams effort at the end of each set. “We actually controlled the game really well until the middle of the first and second set. Then we just let one or two of their servers go on a three or more point run. We had a big lead every time – 16-12, 17-13 – but we’d let them catch back up. But we did a really good job in the last five or six points of every set – we just controlled the last few points and prevented Midland from getting in any kind of rhythm. We worked a lot with that in practice this week, our starters coming back from behind, and I think it helped our mental game with closing out those sets.”

The Broncos were in full control of set three as they had a 19-13 lead at one point, which was the largest lead of the night at that point. NMMI would end up winning the third set 25-16.

Gabriela Langi led the team in kills with 13. Agape Mafua had 10 kills during the match. Katelynn Gutz had six kills with no errors. Ha’ahulakaleikaimana Crisostomo led the team with 24 digs and Gutz led the team with seven block assists.

The next game for NMMI will be against the Clarendon College Bulldogs on October 10th at 7 PM in Cahoon Armory Gym.

Coach Forchtner is excited to stay on home court for the next match. “We’ll be home again on Wednesday and no tournaments this weekend. It will be nice to get some rest and relax as we head into the second round of conference play.”

Colts fall 2-1 to Wildcats in OT

Francisco Vasquez dribbling towards the goal in the second half.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt soccer team fell to the Lovington Wildcats 2-1 in overtime.

Luis Tzintzun gets ready to take a shot on goal in the first half.

The first half was 0-0 with opportunities for both teams that did not go into the back of the net. In the second half the Colts scored first on a goal by Francisco Vazquez to give the Colts a 1-0 lead.

Lovington answered back on a hand ball in the box by NMMI. The Wildcats scored on the penalty kick to tie the match 1-1. In overtime the Wildcats got the golden goal to win the match 2-1.

Jordanyol Bayonne-Kenol makes a finesse move against the Lovington defense.

Head Colt soccer coach John Barbour liked the effort from his team, but emphasized capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

Coach Barbour said, “We did really well. We should have put this game away in the first half. We had multiple scoring opportunities that did not find the net. We let the Wildcats back into the game and they won.”

The next match for NMMI will be against East Mountain in Sandia Park, NM on October 4th at 1:00 PM.

Coach Barbour said, “We need to finish scoring opportunities. We need to take care of them against East Mountain if we want to win.”

Lady Colts win final home match of the regular season

Rilan Maloney goes up for the block during the match.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute lady Colt volleyball team defeated the Vaughn lady Eagles in three straight sets 25-8, 25-5, 25-8 on Thursday in Godfrey Athletic Center.

The lady Colts had 20 service aces during the match as 12 of them came in set number two. One of the standout players for NMMI was Casey Day who had five service aces and seven kills during the match.

Head lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley saw a lot of progression with her team today.

Coach Schooley said, “We had a lot of effort practices this week. We put the score so they are under pressure to finish and we finished today.”

NMMI will play their final game of the regular season in Dexter at 6 PM.

Broncos win fourth straight conference match

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute volleyball team continued their conference winning streak on Wednesday as they defeated Frank Phillips College in three sets 25-23, 25-23, and 25-15 for their fourth straight conference victory.
The Broncos were led by Agape Mafua on the attack. Mafua had 12 kills on 24 attacks with four attack errors. Peyton Schendt also had 12 kills on the night on 28 attacks and four attack errors.
On the defensive side of the ball Megan Martinez led the team with five block assists and one solo block on the night. Ha’ahulakaleikaimana Crisostomo led the Broncos with 13 digs in the match.
Head Bronco volleyball coach Shelby Forchtner said “I am happy to get another conference win. We struggled to be consistent in the first two sets, but we put it together in the third set.
The Broncos next game will be on Friday as they head to Tyler, TX to play in the Tyler Invitational. Their first game is at 11:00 CT against Missouri State University – West Plains. They will then play host Tyler Junior College at 1:00 PM on Friday.

Kapalamoto’s 1-under par good for 9th at Wiginton Invitational

NMMI’s Boyd Kapalamoto – (left) chipping onto the No. 1 green; (right) holding his ‘Top Ten’ tournament trophy.

The Bronco men’s golf team had a tough day on their home course, placing last in the seven-team Sonny Wiginton Invitational.

It was an uncharacteristically damp and cold day at the NMMI golf course, and sophomore Boyd Kapalamoto was one of the few Bronco bright spots. His 1-under-par performance in the single-day, 36-hole tournament was good for a two-way tie for ninth-place individual honors.

Boyd shot an even-par 70 during his first round on the 7004-yard course from the extended championship black tees, putting him in a three-way tie for 10th. He then bettered his morning turn by one shot to move up one place, just four shots away from the tournament titleist tie between Midland College’s Callum Bruce (70-65) and Ranger College’s Pheemawat Wimonrat (67-68).

Two other NMMI players finished in the top 20: sophomore Chris Mumba at 12th with a 1-over-par performance: 70-71; and Harrison Yu a single shot back in 15th: 69-73.

As a team NMMI shot 14-over par – which didn’t include Kapalamoto’s scores – 36 strokes in back of another tie for first place, again between Midland and Ranger.

Team Results:
T1, Midland College, 282-273—555 and Ranger College, 278-277—555; 3rd, Western Texas College, 281-284—565; 4th, Midland College (B), 284-290—574; 5th, Garden City CC, 291-291—574; 6th, Eastern Arizona College, 290-298—588; 7th, New Mexico Military Institute, 297-294—591.

NMMI Individual Results:
T9, Boyd Kapalamoto, 70-69—139*; T12 Chris Mumba, 70-71—141; Harrison Yu, 69-73—142; 42, Dylan Gonzales, 80-73—153; T45, Boss Phokan, 79-77—156; T45, Jackson Zinn, 79-77—156; 49 Gift Zulu, 88-80—168*.

denotes player was participating as an individual rather than as a team member

Complete tournament results can be found on the Golfstat website: