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October 09, 2008 3:30 am

Lady Trappers remain undefeated in Cabre Gym

Written by Tribune Staff

Home-court advantage

Coach Flavia Siqueira and her Northwest College volleyball team swept Sheridan College in three sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-21) Tuesday night to run their record at home to 5-0 for the season.

NWC (27-7 overall, 7-1 sub-region) opened the match in Hank Cabre Gymnasium by taking a 9-2 advantage before the Generals called a timeout in an attempt to regroup against the aggressive attack used by NWC. The move didn't help, and the Lady Trappers continued to pull away. At one point, NWC held a 16-5 advantage before Sheridan clawed its way back to make the score respectable in the first set.

“Sheridan has a good team, and they've got some strong hitters,” Siqueira said. “Part of our gameplan was to make them move a lot on defense, and we were able to do that.”

By doing so, the Lady Trappers were able to keep Sheridan's top hitters in check. That plan continued to work in the second set as NWC raced to a 6-1 lead before the Generals were able to chip away at the deficit. Sheridan got within three points of NWC just before the midway point in the match, but steady play along the frontline helped the Lady Trappers increase their lead and win the set by 10 points.

If there was a downside to Tuesday's match, it was NWC's lack of focus in the third and final set. After a short intermission, Sheridan came out and showed new life by establishing an early lead. The Lady Generals built their advantage to as many as five points (10-5), but that's when Siqueira's team began creeping back into contention for the victory.

A point by Kayla Propes tied the score at 13, and Rebekah DePesa followed with an ace to put the Lady Trappers ahead 14-13. NWC retained the lead and closed out the match for a 25-21 victory.

“It's another win under our belt,” Siqueira said. “It was a sub-region game as well, and it was good that we won it in three sets.”

As has been the case all season long, setter Carol Martin was among the leaders for the Lady Trappers. She finished with 26 assists, 15 digs and three kills. Thabata Galvao added nine kills, 16 digs and three blocks, and Irelis Avendano added seven kills. DePesa also enjoyed a solid match, finishing with five kills and one ace, which gave NWC the lead in the deciding third set.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers will be in action again today (Thursday) when they face Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., at 5 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, NWC will compete in the Williston State College Tournament in Williston, N.D.

Next week the Lady Trappers have two matches scheduled at home, and both are much anticipated rematches against Central Wyoming College (Thursday, Oct. 16) and Western Wyoming Community College (Friday, Oct. 17). Those two teams are among only a handful of squads that have been able to defeat the Lady Trappers this season.

NWC is 1-2 versus WWCC and 1-1 against CWC.

“We've got to work more on our serving,” Siqueira said when addressing what her team needs to do in order to maintain its winning ways. “We missed 12 of our serves tonight. Part of that is my fault because I've been working with them on serving the ball harder and being more aggressive. That's something we'll continue to work on in practice.”