On the second day of the 10th Annual New Mexico Military Classic, the Broncos finished up 2-0 and stayed undefeated for the weekend, finishing 4-0.
NMMI started things off against Hutchinson Community College winning the set 3-1.
“Hutch was really athletic and I kind of feel like we are an athletic team as well, so I felt like the matchup was going to be a good one. They were a really good team for us to face. They did some really good things and we did some really good things, but it was also a game with a lot of errors.
In the last 5-7 points we really wanted to minimize our errors and keep the ball in play, base release, play a lot of defense and get a few block here and there. Those things are what closed all of our matches and us keeping the ball in play,” said Coach Forchtner.
NMMI took the first set 25-23 and Hutchinson came back to win the second set, despite being down 6-0.
The Broncos adjusted their blocking and slightly moved one of their defensive players, which allowed them to make the proper adjustments to have an edge on Hutchinson.
“I think this group is good at making minor adjustments and can come back in games and take control. Even if we are down 0-6, we have a tendency to come back and make it 14-14,” said Forchtner.
NMMI would eventually take sets three and four to give them the win against a very competitive Hutchinson team.
Game two for the NMMI Broncos at the NMMI Classic proved to be an exciting one against Pima Community College. Both games were tight, NMMI took game one 25-23.
Game two saw the Broncos jump to an early lead as Pima came back to close the gap. Megan Martinez and Mariah Morris came away with big blocks keeping the Broncos ahead 19-17. Setter Mirna Kovaćević served three points to make the score 22-17. NMMI would go on to win 25-22.
NMMI’s tough hitting dominated game three. The Broncos’ pressure at the net forced Pima into many out of system errors while going on to victory, 25-17.
“ I think our libero played well again as Hannah really picked it up the last 2 or 3 games and got into a rhythm. It is nice to be on your home floor and start the season 4-0. That is a really good thing for our kids,” Coach Forchtner stated.
The Broncos take their 4-0 record on the road to Arizona as they compete in the Roughrider Invitational. Coach Forchtner said, “Going into our next tournament, we need to work a lot on communication. We still have some people who go out there and don’t speak at all and that doesn’t really happen in our practices.”