Setting for Success


By Aaron Braun, Sports Reporter

Girls’ volleyball home opener was August 27th against Fairview, who was at that time ranked ninth in state. The Player of the Match was freshman Lexi Hurtado, with eight assists, five kills, and three blocks. She is most definitely a player to watch this season.

“It was a big win and a big game to this team, and one big confidence booster,” Lexi Hurtado said in response to their win against Fairview. “losing to Fairview last year in regionals knocked us out to go to state.”

Freshman Lexi Hurtado awaits the serve against Fairview. Hurtado would go on to win player of the match with five kills and 16/16 on serve attempts. (Aaron Braun)

“I couldn’t ask for a better setter, she’s doing great things with this team and she’s making us better. We’re all connecting really well and I’m excited to see what else she can bring for us throughout the season.”  Sophomore Kylee Flynn said in response to how freshman Lexi Hurtado is doing so far this season.  

The final score ended up three sets to one, with the help of Jackie McBride’s four kills and five blocks.

This year’s team has a lot of  chemistry according to Lexi Hurtado, “Everything was there, the team chemistry and all, everything just clicked and went the way we wanted it to go.”  

The girls volleyball team’s next game was against Colorado Academy, who didn’t put up much of a fight. The Raiders swept the Mustangs three sets to none.

This was no surprise, with the Hurtado sisters playing alongside with Jackie McBride. Kelsie Hurtado earned the Player of the Match, this time with nine kills, 11 assists, and four aces.

Also the ladies played in the Elizabeth tournament at Coronado High School. They  split their games versus Coronado with one win and one loss, they beat Elizabeth High School, and took a “W” against Palmer Ridge.

They finished first out of eight teams in the that tournament. Which is no surprise, Kelsie Hurtado was awarded her fifth and sixth Player of the Match in the game against Coronado and Palmer Ridge High School.

“ I think we’re doing amazing and are making our way to state,” says Colleen Kimball, “nothing is going to stop us.”

As of now the Girl’s Volleyball team is 4-1. They have a game tonight at home, and then will host third ranked Cherokee Trail tomorrow.