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Thursday, November 21, 1996

Cowgirls dominate 7-A

All-District Volleyball

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Grandfalls-Royalty High School's Cowgirls dominated all-district
selections for District 7A volleyball as surely as they dominated the
season in which they won the district championship and fought their way
into the championship game of the regional A-play-offs before retiring
for the season.

Three Cowgirls - Laura Porras, Stacey Miller and Susana Vasquez - were
on the first team announced this week by the District 7A volleyball

Four Cowgirls - Janet Enriquez, Christina Huertas, Melissa Moses and
Donna Olivas - were chosen by the District 7A coaches for the second

Grandfalls Coach Laura Moses placement of seven of her players on the
all-district selections eclipsed all other schools in the conference
although Sophomore Jesse Anne Fernandez of Wink Loving was named the
district's most valuable volleyball player.

Wink-Loving had four players on all-district; Buena Vista, three; and
Balmorhea, two.

Each Cowgirl chosen for volleyball all-district has passing percentages
of 88 percent or more.

Junior Laura Porras, an outside hitter, led the team with 94 percent;
middle hitter Stacey Miller, a sophomore, had 88; Outside hitter and
senior Susana Vasquez came in at 90 percent.

Defensive specialist junior Janet Enriquez had a passing percentage of
90 percent; junior setter Christina Huertas, 93; junior setter Melissa
Moses (not available) and junior middle hitter Donna Olivas 90.

Lady Lobo-Warrior Maiden Shootout:

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By Charles Melton
Sports Correspondent
of the News
LUBBOCK - The Monahans Lady Loboes finally got their sought-after match
with the Seminole Warrior Maidens and won in three games in the Class 3A
Region I volleyball tournament final here on Saturday, Nov. 16.

After dropping the first game 1510, the Lady Loboes won the next two
sets, 15-11 and 15-3, to advanced the state tournament in Austin Friday.

In the regional final's first game, Seminole reeled off three points
behind the serve of Trisha Ratlaff before Monahans scored its first
point. The Warrior Maidens extended their lead to 14-7 and appeared to
have control of the game until the Lady Loboes scored three straight
points to narrow the deficit to four. However, it was too little, too
late as Seminole won the first game 15-10.

In the second game, both teams traded the lead until Monahans senior
Leah Johnson and Randie Brannon took control with the ]Lady Loboes
leading 9-8. Johnson poured in five kills, a block and service point;
Brannon added a kill and some great defense as Monahans closed out the
game after a 6-3 run making the score 15-11.

"We knew after the first game we had to do something," said Monahans
Coach Martina Carrillo. "In the third game, we knew we had it."

In the third game, the Lady Loboes crushed any hopes of a comeback by
the Warrior Maidens as they sprinted to a 14-1 lead.

Once again Brannon and Johnson provided all of the offensive firepower
Monahans would need and their teammates turned up the intensity on
defense before allowing Seminole to score two quick points.

With a 14-3 lead, Johnson served for the match point as a kill attempt
by Seminole Kayle Eady went long giving Monahans a 15-3 match game and a
ticket to the state tournament this weekend.

"We expected it to be a big match and we were the best team today,"
Carrillo said last Saturday.

Seminole ended its season at 29-7. Monahans is 34-3.

Cowgirls lose to Lady Cats in regional

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Special to the News
LUBBOCK - After defeating the art Elliot Lady Cougars in two games in
the Region One, Class A volleyball tournament, the Grandfalls-Royalty
Cowgirls crossed a group of Cats they couldn't eat as they lost 15-11
and 15-10 to Water Valley in the regional tournament final on Saturday,
Nov. 16.

In the first game, the Cowboys opened with a 4-2 lead before the Lady
Cats clawed their way back into the game to tie the score at 5-5. After
Grandfalls regained the led at 8 Water Valley poured in nine of the next
12 points to win the game 15-11.

After losing the first game, Grandfalls never quite recovered as the
Cowgirls again came up short in the second set losing 15-10.

Water Valley began the second game with six straight points before Grand
Falls managed to make a mark on the scoreboard.

Once the Cowgirls earned their first point;, they mounted a comeback to
narrow the deficit to 64. The Lady Cats then pushed their lead to 94
before the Cowgirls made their second comeback of the game to tie the
score at 0-0.

With the score tied, Water Valley seized control of the game and the
match as the Lady Cats scored six of the next seven points to hand the
Cowgirls a season-ending 15-10 defeat.

"I still feel we had the better team and they hustled," said Grandfalls
Royalty Coach Laura Moses. "I won't take anything away from Water

Moses said in spite of the loss that the Cowgirls still had an excellent
season. They ended it with an 18-12 record a and champions of their
district as well as runners-up in the Region I Class A tournament.
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