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Volleyball on top

November 6th, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs needed to win on the road last week to stay in the hunt for the West Division title; they did it. They needed to beat Pueblo Friday night to secure a first round playoff home game. They battled through a tough match to come out on top. Last night with seeding on the line, the Lady Stangs dominated Western State; well at least they got the sweep of the Mountaineers. It was close in the first two sets, 26-24 & 25-21 but the Lady Stangs clinched the West Division crown and top seed. Western will host the #4 seed NM Highlands on Drags court at 7 p.m. With the grit and determination they’ve shown over the last two weeks, the Lady Stangs are going to be dangerous in the playoffs.

Volleyball comes from behind!!

November 5th, 2011 No comments

With a post season berth and first round home match on the line, the Lady Stangs and T-wolves of CSU-Pueblo gave the home crowd an exciting match. The visiting team jumped out to a 2-1 set lead before the home team roared back and won in exciting fashion.

CSUP dropped the first set 25-19 but came back strong to beat the Stangs in the 2nd 25-18 and took the 3rd 28-26. Then Coach Callender’s crew stiffened, dug deep and pulled out a 26-24 and 15-11 victory to clinch a first round home match in the RMAC tournament. Angelina Pulu and Jordon Johnston paced the home team with 15 & 14 kills respectively. Alyssa Melhack added in 41 assists.

Lady Stangs hit the road

October 27th, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs volleyball team hits the road this weekend with only 4 games left in the regular season. These games will likely determine the fate of the Stangs and their participation in the post season. Western is 2-5 in conference road matches; the goal was to try and be at .500; do that and the ladies would win the West given their strong home record. We can’t get to .500 but we can get close. The Stangs will be in Grand Junction Friday to take on Colorado Mesa (9-15, 4-10 RMAC) before moving on to Ft. Lewis Saturday to take on the league worst Skyhawks (5-17, 2-12 RMAC) While the Lady Stangs should win, on paper, they need to win both to keep pace with West Division leading CSU Pueblo. Pueblo sits at 9-6 in the RMAC 1/2 game ahead of the Lady Stangs. Pueblo has all 3 matches on the road, including this weekend at Adams State; the Grizzlies are tied with the Stangs for 2nd place; then Pueblo comes to Silver City next week in a match that could be for the West Division crown. The Lady Stangs lost 3-2 at Pueblo earlier this year so it’s a very winnable match at home. It’s win and go on or lose and stay home for the Mustangs.

Lady Stangs off to another fast start but…

October 26th, 2011 No comments

WNMU is always tough at home and they hung in with the Lopes of Grand Canyon in non-conference action but couldn’t pull out the win at the end of the night. Behind the strong play of Heather Rux, Ziona Verhulsdonk, Jordan Johnston and Alyssa Melhack, the Lady Stangs got off to a fast start and won the first set fairly easily 25-18. But GCU would return the favor in the 2nd set getting out to a 4-0 lead but the home team would tie the game and it would go back and forth for a while until the Lopes pulled away to win 25-20. While it looked like the purple and gold were going to change the pattern, which I guess they did, by winning the 3rd set after Grand Canyon jumped out to an early lead, the Lady Stangs got a spark from Angelina Pulu and despite being down 24-20 came back to win the next six points and take the set. That was all for the Lady Stangs as dropped the next two sets. It was close but that doesn’t get you anything. The Stangs travel to Grand Junction returning to RMAC play at Colorado Mesa Friday at 7 p.m.

Lady Stangs back on top!!

October 25th, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs volleyball team followed up an impressive performance on Saturday, sweeping West Division leading Adams State, with another sweep last night against intrastate rival NM Highlands to pull into a 3 way tie atop the West Division in the RMAC. WNMU is tied with Adams and CSU Pueblo.

The Lady Stangs might have gotten the sweep but it wasn’t necessarily easy, it never is against the Cowgirls, as they games were 21/21/19. The Cowgirls got up early in the first set but Angelina Pulu got a kill and Alyssa Melhack followed with a service ace to spark the Stangs’ run back into the lead. It remained close until Ziona Verhulsdonk closed out the first set with 3 kills in 4 points.

In set 2 with the teams tied at 10, it was Jordan Johnston’s turn to gain the momentum for the home team as she got a solo block followed by a Pulu kill and a Johnston kill to put the Stangs up and they would not trail again; taking 4 of the last 5 points to close out the set and go up 2-0.

Highlands tried to put the jinx on WNMU, who seems to win the first 2 sets then lose the next 3 all too often. But after falling behind 4-1 the Stangs fought back and tied the score at 8 on a kill by Heather Rux and then took the lead on a Verhulsdonk kill at 12-11. Johnston and Pulu closed out the set with kills and put another win in the Stang column.

Coach Callender’s team can make it exciting and it’s definitely worth your time to go watch a game; which could be tonight as the Lady Stangs host non-conference foe Grand Canyon tonight at 5 p.m.

Ha ha, Highlands got beat by a bunch of girls!!!

October 7th, 2011 No comments

Well that’s because it was the Lady Stangs volleyball team sweeping NMHU on the road! The Lady Stangs found themselves tied at 5 in the first set before a kill by Malayzha Dinkins started a 7 pt run that included 3 kills by Angelina Pulu and one from Heather Rux. The Cowgirls did claw back to within 2 at 21-19 before the Lady Stangs rallied and Pulu finished the set with emphasis to give WNMU a 25-19 win.

In the second set was much closer as the teams battled back and forth but the Lady Stangs were just toying with the Cowgirls. Jordan Johnston nailed two kills to put the Stangs up 23-20 and after a NMHU service error, Ziona Verhulsdonk provided another emphatic win with a kill that sent the Cowgirls reeling and put the good guys up 2-0.

WNMU was ready to get back to the hotel and after spotting the home team an early lead Johnston capped a run by the Lady Stangs to retake the lead and they never looked back. A kill by Dinkins gave Western a 5 pt lead at 16-11; Verhulsdonk and Johnston teamed up for some solid defense forcing errors by the Cowgirls opening up an 8 pt lead. The Cowgirls couldn’t get much closer than that and the Stangs came away with the sweep. It was a solid all around team effort. Western is back on the court tonight in Alamosa CO to face the Grizzlies of Adams State College.

We said the Lady Stangs would have to improve over last season on the road to be able to compete in the RMAC and they are; last year the team only won 4 games on the road all season; they have now won 3 on the road including 2 in the RMAC. It’s another key match as the Grizzlies are only 1/2 game behind the Stangs in the West Division at 5-2; the Stangs lead the West at 6-2…

Lady Stangs dominate again

October 2nd, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs returned home for a two game stint against RMAC foes Ft. Lewis and UC Colorado Springs. As usual the home team was very protective of Drag’s Court and spiked the opposition. After Adams State’s win over Pueblo earlier in the week, WNMU, Adams and Pueblo are all tied atop the West Division of the RMAC at 5-2.

Angelina Pulu continued to play very well getting the Lady Stangs off to a strong start in the first set with 5 straight kills to build a 12-7 lead. Jordan Johnston, Taylor Henderson and Ziona Verhulsdonk all tallied kills to build a huge lead while Marilee Frost got a service ace and the purple and gold rolled to an easy first set victory. Usually if the Lady Stangs are going to make it a close match, they will win the first two sets, lose the second two and then let it be decided in a close fifth set. Not against the Skyhawks; Ft. Lewis was able to build an early lead but FLC errors and some opportune play by Malayzha Dinkins tallied a kill to cut the deficit to one and the Stangs build a solid lead but couldn’t put the Skyhawks away and after going back and forth the Lady Stangs were edged 25-23. But in the 3rd set the Stangs right the ship racing out of the gate to an 11-4 lead with stellar play from Heather Rux, Johnston, Pulu; but it wasn’t going to be easy; Verhulsdonk pounded home a kill to build a 19-12 lead before the Stangs made a couple of errors and allowed Ft. Lewis to crawl back into it at 23-21. Rux would seal the win with a kill on an assist from Alyssa Melhack. Tied at 13 in the 4th set, Pulu took control with 2 kills and Verhulsdonk and Johnson each added to the tally and the Stangs held off the visitors to get a 3-1 win.

On Saturday, the Lady Stangs continued Western’s dominance over Colorado Mesa University for the day as they followed the football team’s win with a sweep of the Mavericks. It wasn’t real easy but as the Lady Stangs built leads only to let the visiting team back into the game before shutting them out. The Stangs fell behind in the first game at 22-19 before Melhack and Rux got a couple of big blocks to spark the comeback. One thing about it, the ladies will make it exciting but they continue to fight back and win the matches they should win. Way to go ladies!!

Not again!

September 25th, 2011 No comments

First let me say that getting a split on the road for the Lady Stangs volleyball squad is not a bad outcome given their struggles last year but oh what could have been and what still may be. The Lady Stangs got the win in Gunnison and then headed to Pueblo to take on co-leader CSUP on Saturday afternoon. Western took control with a 2-1 lead before dropping the last two games to the Thunderwolves and losing the match 3-2. It was a back and forth affair all day long with the home team getting off to a fast start before WNMU came back to take the lead in the first set. But then Pueblo ran off 4 straight to get the win.

In the 2nd set the Lady Stangs dominated thanks to outstanding play from Heather Rux and Jordan Johnston with solid help from Taylor Henderson. Then in the 3rd set it was tight all the way through until WNMU, tied with CSUP at 20, was able to turn two Thunderwolve errors into points and Angelina Pulu got a kill and a service ace to ice the set for the visitors. In the 4th set the Stangs dug a hole but didn’t give up and pulled to within one at 21-20 behind more solid play from Rux before Pueblo ran off 3 straight points. The purple and gold wouldn’t go away and Destiny Melbane posted a kill followed by Rux and the Lady Stangs were back within one but Pueblo called a TO and was able to get the final point to even the match at 2.

In the final set the home team started fast getting the first five points; while the Stangs forced a couple of errors and got a service ace from Marille Frost, they just couldn’t overcome the fast start. The Lady Stangs keep coming close but just haven’t learned how to win consistently on the road and take advantage of solid early match play to close out the home teams. They are getting better and it’s a longer than desired process but they are getting there…

Way to go Lady Stangs!!

September 24th, 2011 No comments

The Lady Stangs got a big win on the road and it was a sweeper! The Lady Stangs made it close; 25-23, 25-21 & 25-13; OK it wasn’t close in the final and deciding set but winning on the road is tough in the RMAC and this sets a great tone for the road trip. There are moments in a set, match or any game that can make the difference and this time it was the ladies from WNMU that seized control at the decisive points of the match. In the first set it was tied at 21 when Angelina Pulu stepped up and smashed home 4 kills in a row off assists by Alyssa Melhack to win the set.

After starting off the second set tied at three WNMU stepped up again running off nine unanswered points; Jordan Johnston and Pulu recorded kills during this stretch and Jordan and Ziona Verhulsdonk got key blocks to force WSC errors. But WSC came back and got within three at 21-18 before Johnston and Heather Rux delivered decisive shots to reopen the lead and gain the win.

Rux, Pulu and team continued to dominate in the 3rd and decisive set as they built a 7 point lead early and cruised to the win. The Lady Stangs are now 3-1 in RMAC play and head to Pueblo for a 2 o’clock match today. Pueblo is also at 3-1 and tied with Western New Mexico atop the West Division after they lassoed the Cowgirls of NMHU last night.

Volleyball looks to continue their roll

September 21st, 2011 No comments

Fresh off of a 2-1 start to the RMAC season, which included a win over nationally ranked Metro State, #7 in the nation, the Lady Stangs will follow Coach Callender north to Colorado. First stop is Gunnison where the Lady Stangs will take on Western State Friday night. WSC is 0-3 in the conference after being swept by Regis, Colorado Christian and Colorado Mines last week. Western State did not win a game against any of their RMAC foes and they are 3-8 overall this season. But the Lady Stangs cannot rest on their laurels; they were solid at home last year but struggled mightily to win on the road, especially in the conference. It will take focus and execution to get the win in Gunnison and get some confidence before taking the trip on to tackle CSU-Pueblo on Saturday night. Pueblo is tied for first atop the West Division, with the Lady Stangs; They will host Highlands on Friday and expect to be coming off of a solid win when WNMU rolls into town.

Be sure and get out to support the purple and gold!!