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Cheyenne Martinez signs with New Mexico Junior College

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Roswell High senior Cheyenne Martinez, a three-sport athlete at the school, has signed to play volleyball at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs.

Martinez visited other schools like New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, but she decided to stay close to home so her parents and friends can come see her play, and hang out afterward.

“That was very important to me, and if I need to come home for the weekend, it’s just a short drive,” she said. Hobbs is about 100 miles from Roswell.

For most of her athletic career at Roswell, which included being on this year’s basketball and track teams, she has been a leader.

“At the beginning of ever year, your coach is looking for someone to step up. When your team is down, the leader of your squad needs to pick them up and not let them quit. I hope I was able to do that,” Martinez said.

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As an incoming freshman at NMJC, that leadership quality is what Alexandra Lehocky, first-ever NMJC volleyball head coach, will be looking for as the program makes its debut this fall in Division I.

Lehocky has New Mexico ties — she played at Moriarty High and helped the Lady Pintos win the 2007 and 2008 NMAA 4A state titles. Lehocky not only recruited Martinez but also her teammate Alex Gonzales, who ultimately transferred to Goddard.

“It’s going to be awesome to have Alex on the team, I know I’ll have someone I can talk to there,” Lehocky said.

With the start up of a new program, the Lady Thunderbirds will play in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference — one of the most competitive conferences in the country. “The neat thing about playing at a new program is the building up of it. There will be heartaches, but you also will know you were part of something special,” said Martinez.

Lehocky is excited to see how her team fits together.

Roswell’s Cheyenne Martinez took over the third set late with two aces, a kill and she served four points to close out Hobbs at the Coyote Den Nov. 10. (David Rocha File Photo)

“I am looking forward to seeing the team I put together. Right now, they are all very individual pieces that I’m trying to put together — I am excited to see how they will fit,” Lehocky said in a press release.

A big piece of that puzzle will see how Martinez fits in at the setter position — that’s where she played at RHS.

“That’s the strength of my game,” Martinez said.

And her leadership qualities should also come in handy for this group of diaper dandies.