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Amber (Walker) Marrujo, Libero (defensive specialist) senior: currently assistant coach at Roswell High.

“After falling short in the state tournament in 2005 (my junior year), our Senior group was determined to not only return to the state tournament but bring the Blue Trophy home. It was that mindset that led us to have a successful season and ranked top four going into the state tournament.

“At the beginning of the season, it was known by teams around the state that Roswell High Volleyball was ready to compete for the Blue Trophy. At the same time, we were also underestimated by quite a bit of teams.

“It was then that we (the senior group) were ready to prove to everyone we were the best team in the state for 4A. Throughout the season we created a powerful bond that could not be broken, and I truly believe without that bond we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were.

“Our bond grew even stronger going into the state tournament, with the motto of ‘Hold the Rope.’ We took it one game at a time, building our confidence, leading us to the championship game. The final point of game 4, against Española, is a memory that I will cherish forever. I have been blessed to be part of the amazing coaching staff at Roswell High for the past seven years and strive to instill the same motivation I had as a player.”

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Rebecca Marrujo, (defense specialist) junior: currently head softball coach at Roswell High.

“That volleyball season was my first varsity season as a volleyball player. Our senior group was dominant. They were great leaders on and off the court. Knowing that it was their last year playing volleyball, as a team we wanted to bring home the Blue Trophy. We worked together well and became a close-knit team. When we got to the state tournament, we faced some of the top teams around the state.

“People in New Mexico were aware of Roswell High Volleyball. Our tight-knit team became a family, and when you have a team that is like family, it’s hard to break that bond, your team becomes unstoppable. Every time we walked onto the court, it felt like we were going to battle.

“I could trust and depend on any one of my teammates to get the job done. Our motto that year was to ‘Hold the Rope,’ we would help our teammates and be there to pick them up at any time they were down. These are the values I instill in the athletes I coach today. The type of bond we had on that championship team will get a team through any adversity they face. That season is one of the moments I will cherish always. The thought of the game-winning point still gives me chills, it’s a feeling you cannot describe.”

Chantale Riddle, sophomore:

“I remember every point feeling like it meant so much. Every point had to be valued. Of course, all of us were excited, but no one can prepare you for the pressure and adrenaline of a championship game. We just trust that at the moment we had all the skills and fight to be able to win, and in the end, we fought as hard as we could and ended up being successful. The year we won the state championship, we sought every single training to be the best we could be. Every practice and match meant something to us. We trusted each other with everything. I was only 15 or 16 at the time and playing a new position was tough, but the coaches and team helped me through the whole year developing me into the player they needed me to be. I mean we needed everyone who was a part of the team. That year every piece fit the puzzle. It was great.”