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September 25, 2008 3:00 am

Lady Trapper volleyball triumphs in first home match

Written by Tribune Staff

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Lady Trappers (from left to right) Maddie Peterson, Katie Gregg, Carol Martin, Thabata Galvao, Marisa Shigetomi and Angela Schuman celebrate a point by NWC during Monday night's match victory against Dawson Community College. Tribune photo by David Dickey

After 28 road matches, NWC gets to shine in Cabre

Playing at home for the first time in 2008, the Northwest College Lady Trappers put on a solid display of finesse and power on the volleyball court during a match victory over Montana-based Dawson Community College.

A vocal and enthusiastic crowd greeted the Lady Trappers, who opened the season with 28 road matches. In return, first-year NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira and her team treated the fans to an impressive performance in which the Lady Trappers won all three sets by identical scores of 25-11.

For Siqueira, the decision gave her a victory during her first match in the friendly confines of Cabre Gymnasium. The contest also was a golden opportunity for the team to show fellow students and NWC fans just how much the Lady Trapper volleyball program has progressed since the season began Aug. 22 at the

College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational.
Prior to Monday night, the Lady Trappers had amassed 21 wins and sustained just seven losses. In 2007, NWC finished the season with an overall mark of 12-34.

“The crowd was amazing,” Siqueira said of the welcome the team received. “The girls were so happy to see such a good turnout. The place was packed with students, and they were really loud. We like that because we're a very vocal team. Having a crowd like the one we had tonight really helps.”

It didn't take long for the noise level to reach a thunderous roar as NWC freshman outside hitter Irelis Avendano registered a kill that knocked a Dawson player to the ground. Avendano's effort gave NWC a 6-1 lead in the first set and resulted in a timeout by Buccaneer coach John Marble. His attempt to rally his squad, however, fell short as NWC followed by quickly claiming the first set of the night.

The Buccaneers, who were out of sync early because of the noise level and strong play of the Lady Trappers, never recovered. However, after the game one of Dawson's players admitted that even in defeat, the atmosphere was one her squad enjoyed.

“We weren't expecting anything like that,” said Dawson's Melissa Yarbrough. “It was a surprise, but it was a lot of fun. It's always fun to play when it's loud like that.”

Sets two and three produced the same results as the Lady Trappers maintained their stranglehold on the momentum. Along the way, a number of Lady Trappers posted impressive statistics. Maddie Peterson and Avendano finished with eight and seven kills each. Both players also finished with eight digs.

Sophomore setter Carol Martin enjoyed a stellar performance as well by recording 26 assists and nine digs. Rebekah DePesa, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., had a solid effort, particularly at the service line. She finished the night with three aces.

The home opener proved to be memorable for all of the Lady Trappers, but for Peterson and Angela Schuman, the victory was especially sweet. Those two are the only returning players from last year's team, which recorded a respectable 12 victories under the direction of former Powell High School graduate Jesseca Cross.

Cross served as an interim coach in 2007 despite not having any coaching experience. She took the position after the leading candidate for the coaching spot declined NWC's job offer following an extensive search to fill the position, which was left open following the 2006 season.

Peterson, who also is a team captain, said the turnaround and the stability the Lady Trappers now have are both welcomed sights. She also said she believed a reversal of fortunes was a possibility as soon as she met Siqueira.

“I came into the season with a lot of big expectations for this team,” Peterson said. “Early on, I could tell by (Siqueira's) coaching style that we could be a winning team. Our first practice showed us quite a bit as far as the intensity level she expects. She's quick to show you how to do something the right way, and she's a very vocal coach. The practices are intense, but it's worth it. And I'm so glad we were able to come out and give her a win in her first match at home.”

• Up next: The Lady Trappers (22-7) will travel to Miles City, Mont., for a Saturday contest with Miles Community College. They will then have the luxury of playing four straight matches at home, starting with a Tuesday, Sept. 30 date with Casper College at 7 p.m.