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Lady Vandals defeat Tigers in clean sweep, 3-0

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

Fil Butierez/ Arizona Silver Belt
The Lady Vandals hosted the Lady Tigers to the first of the Globe-Miami volleyball matches this season.

Miami — Last Tuesday evening Miami High school hosted a game against their long time rivals the Lady Tigers for a match that showed just how much the girls’ hard work and practicing has paid off this season. Miami, who took the game with three consecutive wins, has a record now of 6-3, while Globe is standing at 3-6. Both teams have showed immense promise and a lot of growth under the direction of Globe’s Katie Jo Lorenzen and Miami’s Brittney Mata. Overall, Miami’s tough defense is what won them the game, though their offense was not to be taken lightly either. Senior Vandal Rebecca Mawson had an especially good game, with 9+ kills and fellow senior Mariah Gilmore led the Vandals in points.

Globe brought their A game also; senior Ronnie Begay had an impressive 19 digs and junior Kelsea White played excellent defense throughout the game.

In game one the teams seemed to be about evenly matched, Globe staying just a point or two behind Miami. Senior Dezirae Nelee played a big part in this defense, running around the court making extraordinary saves and backing up her fellow Tigers, but Miami’s offense was too much for them to keep pinned down and the Vandals won the first game 25-21.

The next game went the Vandals from the start. The girls gained a modest lead over the Tigers, who seemed to struggle a bit with hitting from the net and returning the ball. The Vandals also had a few mistakes, mostly a few botched serves and hitting out of bounds, but despite this Miami took the second game with a score of 25-12.

The final game proved the most exciting not only for the girls, but for the fans in the stands who were constantly shouting out to their teams, Globe calling out “Copper Kettle” and Miami fans returning with “Let’s go Vandals.”

The Tigers wasted no time in trying to penetrate the Vandals’ defense. Jenika Garcia improved Globe’s hitting from the net problem, but Vandals Mariah Gilmore and Rebecca Mawson were determined to take the win for the night and that’s what they did, winning the final game of the night with a score of 25-14.

Even though the Vandals secured the victory, both teams should be very pleased with themselves. Many fans on both sides were discussing how great the volleyball season has been so far, the progress of these two teams is undeniable.

“We played hard,” said Coach Lorenzen, “The Vandals were just going after the ball a bit more and we ran a 6-2 for the first time and it looked pretty good considering.”

Mariah Gilmore and Danielle Garcia of the Lady Vandals agreed that their victory was well deserved, saying: “We played a good game, all three matches were a real challenge, but we were able to fight our way back. Globe was a good adversary, but with this win under our belt now we can focus on moving forward and hopefully going to state.”

The Lady Vandals will be playing again on Oct. 9 against Ray at home and the Tigers will be taking on Superior also at home, on Oct. 4. Good luck to both teams and congratulations on another game well played.

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