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September 30, 2008 3:00 am

Lady Trappers overpower Miles for win No. 23

Written by Tribune Staff

Casper College next for NWC

Victory No. 23 is in the books for the Northwest College Lady Trappers following a three-set sweep against Miles Community College Saturday in Miles City, Mont.

NWC (23-7) defeated the Lady Pioneers 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 despite being without one of its top players — Thabata Galvao. According to NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira, the sophomore middle hitter missed the contest due to a shoulder injury that has hampered her throughout a good portion of the season. Because of Galvao's absence, Siqueira said some adjustments had to be made with the Lady Trappers' lineup.

“Maddie Peterson played middle for Thabata, and Irelis Avendano started on the outside with Rebekah DePesa,” Siqueira said. “During the match, we were able to make adjustments, and every player had a chance to play for at least one set. In the third set, Samantha Cuttlers was setting and Carol Martin became a right-side hitter.

“We played at our level and were able to run some free-ball plays. We also served very well against Miles.”

Among the leaders for the Lady Trappers was Avendano, who finished with seven kills. Katie Gregg and Kayla Propes added five kills each. Marisa Shigetomi enjoyed another strong performance and finished with 12 digs from her spot on the back row, and Martin added nine.

Gregg led the team in aces with six, and Avendano and Peterson added two each.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers, who have endured a grueling road schedule since the start of the season, will begin a four-match homestand today (Tuesday), beginning with Casper College at 7 p.m. So far this season, NWC is 2-0 vs. the Thunderbirds.

Other upcoming home matches for the Lady Trappers include Eastern Wyoming College (Friday, 7 p.m.), Laramie County Community College (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Sheridan College (Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.).

As for the Thunderbirds, Casper faced Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., last Saturday and swept the Buccaneers in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-21. Among the leaders in that match for the Thunderbirds was right-side hitter Konefesi Vaisigano. The 5-10 freshman from Salt Lake City finished with a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs.

“We will have to work hard to stop their powerful outside hitter,” Siqueira said. “Hopefully we will have our starting squad ready to perform in front of our home crowd again.”

The match also will serve as a homecoming for former Powell High School Lady Panther Katie Patterson, a freshman middle hitter for the Thunderbirds. Patterson signed with Casper College after helping PHS to the Class 3A, West Conference title and a berth in the state tournament last year.

• Still unranked: Despite their 23-7 record and strong showings against some of the nation's top-ranked teams, the Lady Trappers have yet to get a top-20 spot in the NJCAA's national rankings. They were, however, among the schools receiving votes in the latest poll, which was released Sept. 24. The next poll is due to be released Oct. 1.