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Lady Colts fall to Gateway in season opener

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In the first set, NMMI’s Mia Walker looks to get her attack past the block set by Gateway’s Savannah Fox. (Photo courtesy Laura Brown)

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The Lady Colt volleyball team opened up their season against Gateway Christian on Monday evening at the Warrior Gymnasium.

NMMI took an early lead in game one and never lost it, winning the first set 25-21.
Thanks to a late serving run by Alyssa Bolander, NMMI coasted to the finish, taking the momentum into the second set.
Head Coach Stephanie Schooley said, “Alyssa has been playing with us for several years now and she is one of my most consistent players on the court. She stepped up tonight and that’s what we needed.”
However, the momentum would not last as the Warriors took game two, 25-15, also never surrendering the lead throughout the entire set.
In set three, NMMI broke out to an early 10-4 lead, but the Lady Warriors countered with a massive run of their own. With the Lady Colts down by ten, Bolander had another service run, allowing the Lady Colts to pull within five points of the Warriors, 22-17. However after several Institute errors, Gateway won game three, 25-21.

Game four was filled with several runs by both teams.
The match continued back and forth finally reaching a tie score of 19-19. Both teams were zoned in as they rallied for the momentum and the 20th point. Gateway took that point – and eventually game four and the match – 25-22.
“We had a lot of dropped balls,” said coach Schooley. “Just miscommunication. I told the girls that they have to trust each other and we really have to focus on playing with a purpose. Every pass, set and hit needs to have a purpose intended, not just to get a hand on the ball, but to actually get it to somebody so we can make a play out of it.”
The Lady Colts will have their second consecutive game on the road Tuesday against Hondo at 5:30 PM.
NMMI will host their first home game of the 2017 season against the Hondo Eagles on Tuesday, August 29th.