Lady Bucks have a full week

Freshman Lady Buck Ali Maroney guards the net against the Wink Lady Cats in Alpine on Sept. 1. Avalanche photo by J.T. Maroney

On Sept. 1 the Alpine Lady Bucks hosted a dual match that included Wink and Fort Davis. In the first round, the Lady Bucks found themselves trying to compete with what might be the best team they will see all year in the Wink Lady Cats. Wink played well throughout the match, and won in three games.

In the final game of the dual match, the Lady Bucks played against northern rival Fort Davis in the Buck Dome for the third time this season.

Of the first game, Coach Rick Garcia said, “The girls really came together and played well.  They were consistent in getting into position in addressing the ball, and for the most part, they played their best game. I was really proud of the fact that they kept their composure when Fort Davis made a run at the end of the first match. Our team found a way to hold off the rally, and finish it off with a win.” 

The girls won that first game 27-25, but the Lady Bucks couldn’t finish games for the rest of the night, and lost in four, 19-25, 13-25, and 21-25. The team is open Sept. 5.

The Lady Bucks played a lot of matches last week, and continue to experience the ups and downs of growing pains as they find their way to District. On Aug. 29, all three teams saw action in McCamey.

“This week's matches in McCamey prepared us to finish the season strong,” said Garcia. 

He also said the challenges they faced with the Lady Badgers were just what they needed to continue to get better and stronger.

The varsity came out strong by winning the first set 27-25. Garcia credited the girls with great teamwork, and Paula Vargas and Daniella Estrada with great outings. It turned out the girls had to battle a McCamey team that had a strong serve all day.

The Lady Bucks then dropped the next three sets 13-25, 20-25, 29-31. The final set showed the fight within the team and the heart needed to finish a match.

Said Garcia, “This preseason match will prepare the girls to start strong and finish strong. It's all about playing until the whistle blows!”

The JV squad lost the first set 18-15, but won the next sets 25-21, 25-23. They also showed unity by believing in each other, and working together to win after dropping the first set. Stand out performances were cited for the team, and specifically Alicia Quiroz and Neftali Contreras.

The freshmen squad won in two sets 25-21, 25-21. They had to come from behind in both sets, but good hustle and determination pulled out the victory.  Valerie Crespo and Mia Morris had great performances for the day.

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