NMMI’s Lady Colt volleyball team drew one step closer to evening up their overall season record Thursday, downing the visiting Lake Arthur Panthers in three straight sets.
It was the first win on their home court for the Institute, after dropping matches at NMMI’s Godfrey Athletic Center to both Hondo and Loving the previous week.
The Lady Colts rallied to overcome a slow start in Game 1, taking the set 25-19, then coasted through the next two sets, 25-8 and 25-10.
Head NMMI coach Stephanie Schooley voiced her concern about their level of play at match start, but was pleased to see her players step up as play progressed.
“We didn’t start out the match with much intensity,” said Schooley. “We can’t spot points before we start playing, but I’m proud of the girls for finishing strong and supporting each other. I do see some improvements in the girls and feel like their confidence is getting better. We’re playing a little bit smarter.”
With the somewhat lop-sided win, coach Schooley was able to get some extended playing time from her bench.
“We were able to get all of subs into the game and get them some experience,” she said. “And when my starters came out, they were very encouraging to our subs that went in, talking them through the rotation. It was just a good team effort tonight.”
With the win, the Lady Colts head into this weekend’s Gateway Christian Warrior Invitational with a 2-3 record. Pool play begins Friday morning to determine seeding for Saturday’s bracket.
“It’s a great tournament — always well run — and we enjoy playing in it every year,” Schooley said. “A lot of the teams that we played last year were very competitive — we can’t let up at all in this tournament.”