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September 24, 2008 8:00 pm

NWC showcases volleyball squad, Cabre Gym

Written by Tribune Staff

Last Monday proved to be a memorable and historic night at Hank Cabre Gymnasium on the Northwest College campus with the much-anticipated home opener for the Lady Trapper volleyball team.

Since late August, head coach Flavia Siqueira and her squad have been on a roll. They entered Monday's matchup with Dawson Community College sporting a 21-7 record. The drawback to their great start is that most of us in Powell have had to hear about their matches instead of seeing them, thanks to a grueling road slate to open 2008.

NWC's first 28 matches were played outside of Powell. Finally, however, the Lady Trappers were able to showcase their skills in front of their fellow students, the NWC faculty and the rest of their fan base from Powell and the surrounding area. And trust me when I say they didn't disappoint in what proved to be an electrifying atmosphere for volleyball.

At the beginning of the match, the gym was as loud as I've heard it during the three years I've been attending sporting events at NWC. There were times when it was almost impossible to hear the person next to you speak because of the crowd noise. It stayed that way until the very end when the majority of the student section pulled out their keys and started the chant of “Start the bus” as a final farewell to the Buccaneers.

Teams feed off of such enthusiasm and support, and it was great that this year's version of the Lady Trappers received such a warm welcome home. They responded by treating everyone to a match win in three sets (21-11, 21-11 and yes, for a third time, 21-11). Even Dawson's players, who appeared a bit awe struck by the crowd support Monday, said they loved the atmosphere.

On a historic note, the match was Siqueira's first at home. Fortunately, her memory of the night will be a good one since her team dominated Dawson from start to finish. The night was also significant because it was the first official sporting event in Hank Cabre Gymnasium with the new stadium seating. The new scoreboard, which is close to being completely installed, also was a nice touch, as was everything else from the Trapper Booster Club's pre-match tailgate party to the full-color volleyball media guides to the new press row.

I often hear coaches and players thanking fans for coming out to their games. In this case, I think the fans, myself included, should offer a similar thank you to the volleyball team for their efforts so far this season and to athletic director Jim Zeigler and everyone else who made everything about Monday's match a first-class event. The good news is, Monday was just the tip of the iceberg as far as what's to come as far as NWC's athletic programs are concerned. The first contest at home was a major success, and I'm already looking forward to going back for more.