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September 23, 2008 3:00 am

Trappers continue to rack up victories

Written by Tribune Staff

NWC goes 6-1 in Wyo-Nebraska Shootout

Coach Flavia Siqueira and her Northwest College volleyball squad picked up six more match wins last week during the Wyoming-Nebraska Shootout in Torrington and Scottsbluff, Neb. In the process, the Lady Trappers also made a strong case for themselves to earn a spot in the NJCAA's Division I poll.

The Lady Trappers, following their 6-1 effort in last week's tournament, held a 21-7 record. NWC was scheduled to face Dawson Community College Monday night in Powell, and results from that match will be included in Thursday's edition of the Powell Tribune.

Though places were not awarded following the tournament, Siqueira said her team had the second-best record during the event, and finished just behind Western Nebraska Community College.

“I was very pleased with how my players performed during this tournament,” Siqueira said. “There were moments we could have played better, but there were moments when I was impressed with their level of play. Maddie Peterson played two positions during the tournament and did a very good job. Rebekah DePesa and Irelis Avendano also came from being non-starters to earning starting positions on the team. Marisa Shigetomi came out and played well and how I expect her to play all the time.”

NWC opened the tournament Thursday against Colby (Kan.) Community College and won 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Siqueira said Colby played a strong match, but NWC was able to overpower the Lady Trojans with strong play along the front row.

Peterson and Thabata Galvao paced NWC with 13 kills, and DePesa added seven. Carol Martin had a team-high 33 assists. Shigetomi, Peterson and Galvao also finished with 13, 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

Against McCook (Neb.) Community College, NWC claimed a match win by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10. As a team, the Lady Trappers had 10 aces, including five by Katie Gregg and three by DePesa. Galvao, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, sat out the match, and her spot in the middle was manned by Peterson. Avendano moved to the outside for Peterson during the lineup change, which proved to be a successful one for NWC.

Martin finished with six kills, 23 assists and 17 digs, and Kayla Propes had 12 digs and six kills.

In their final match Thursday, NWC defeated Trinidad (Colo.) State Junior College 25-20, 25-12, 25-18. Avendano enjoyed an eight-kill performance. Peterson added six kills, and Shigetomi and DePesa added 12 and 11 digs.

Friday's action for NWC opened with a match against second-ranked Western Nebraska Community College. Because Gregg was sick Friday morning, Peterson played in the middle and Avendano played on the outside. NWC started slow and WNCC went on to defeat the Lady Trappers 25-9, 25-14, 25-18.

“We did not play well in the first or second sets,” Siqueira said. “Some of our players looked very intimidated by WNCC, but during the third set we played at our level.”

Shigetomi ended the match with 25 passes and only one error. She also played solid defense, according to her coach.

The Lady Trappers rebounded from the loss and defeated Williston State College 25-16, 25-9, 25-17. Martin helped lead the turnaround with 29 assists and 13 digs. Peterson and Galvao added nine and eight kills.

NWC closed out Friday's matches with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-10 victory over North Platte (Neb.) Community College. The Lady Trappers, because of North Platte's strong defensive play, had to be patient when hitting the ball, Siqueira said. Their patience translated into a solid match.

Avendano and Galvao finished with 10 and six kills, while Martin added 25 assists and 12 digs. Shigetomi contributed with 15 digs, and DePesa finished with four aces and 10 digs.

On Saturday, NWC faced Kansas-based Seward County Community College, a team that has been a regular in the nation's top 20 for the past 20 years, Siqueira said. Undaunted by SCCC's tradition, the Lady Trappers won 25-20, 26-24, 28-26.

“The match was intense from beginning to end,” Siqueira said. “Both teams were focused and playing really hard. In the second set, we were losing 24-18 and were able to come back at the end of the set to win 26-24.”

According to the coach, that comeback in the second set spoke volumes about her team's ability to rebound against a formidable squad.
Martin finished the match with 30 assists, 19 digs and four blocks. Galvao added 11 kills and 13 digs, and was followed by Peterson, who registered nine kills. Peterson also finished with 27 passes and only two errors.