by David High
DENVER — The long marathon that is the volleyball season came to an end at the state volleyball tournament this past Saturday afternoon for the La Veta Redskins.
La Veta breezed through the pool play round, beating Sangre de Cristo for the third time this season late Friday afternoon. The match went as expected for the two teams that have gotten to know each well.
Sangre came out fighting, showing they were determined not to let La Veta beat them for the third time without a battle. The Redskins, however, won the first set with little trouble at 25-16, then proceeded to knock their competitors back on their collective heels in the second set, more than doubling the Thunderbirds’ score at 25-11. It was a forgone conclusion at that point, even though the Sangre six put up a fight, losing 25-19, allowing the Redskins to move on to their next foe in pool D play, the Wiley Panthers.
The Panthers gave the Redskins all they could handle in the first set, trading point for point all the way to the end. The red and white-clad Redskins showed their winning ways taking the set 25-23. Wiley was a tough team that was well prepared and obviously had spent time analyzing film to find any weaknesses in the Redskin game. It was a hard-fought battle, but the La Veta six came together and wore down the Panthers to get the job done, winning the next two sets 25-18 and 25-11 to take the match and move on to the semi-final round.
The Fleming Wildcats, winner of their pool play, was next up for the inspired Redskin team. Fleming came into the semi-final round with an impressive record at 28-1, their only loss coming in the seventh match of the season against a very good 3/A Bishop Machebeuf team way back in the first week of September.
“We had a great scouting report on Fleming that showed they know how to play in the state tournament and were coming back after winning a state championship,” according to La Veta Coach Amber Huff.
La Veta was competitive in all three sets, making the Wildcats work to earn what they got. The Redskins ,however, just couldn’t get over the hump to take a solid lead in any if the sets, losing 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22, and ending a stellar season with a record of 29-1.
“Our girls grew so much this year. They overcame so much adversity,” commented Huff. “Losing four of their teammates, one to injury, had taken a toll, but they kept fighting and growing as a team. Our girls stepped it up. They gave it all they had, and now we know what it is to be in the final four with this group and they will be there again. I am so proud of our season and proud to be their coach and to watch them grow into great young women.”
Congratulations to the Redskin Volleyball Team!