It was an exhilarating week for the Douglas Lady Bulldogs volleyball team who played three matches in three days and won all three, two of which were against teams that had beaten them before.
The Lady Bulldogs began the week beating Walden Grove in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, and 25-19. The loss was Walden Grove’s first conference loss of the season. When these same two teams met several weeks ago in Sahuarita, Walden Grove won 3-1.
Isabel Tanabe had 12 kills and an ace this match. Madison Green had 11 kills and a dig; Deyanira Victor had four kills; Victoria Valenzuela, 13 digs and two aces; Myrna Davalos, seven digs and 28 assists; Aylssa Linden, three kills and two digs; Virdiana Roman, seven digs and Karyme Gallardo, six digs.
“So proud of the way the girls played tonight,” Douglas’ coach Carlos Chavez said after the match. “This was the team we have that hadn’t shown up until tonight. Everything was clicking on all cylinders tonight. It was a good win for our program.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 23 the Lady Bulldogs were in Tucson where they beat Palo Verde in four sets. Douglas won the first set, 25-18, lost the second, 22-25 and won the third and fourth sets, 25-15 and 25-21.
Tanabe had 12 kills and 27 digs this match to go with a block. Valenzuela recorded 23 digs; Davalos had 19 digs, 19 assists and two aces; Green had 20 kills and two digs; Dianey Grijalva, four digs and a kill; Victor nine kills and two blocks.
The Lady Bulldogs were back in Tucson again on Thursday, Oct. 24 taking on a Pueblo team that had beaten them in five sets several weeks ago in Douglas.
Douglas took a measure of revenge this match beating Pueblo in three straight sets 25-18, 25-19 and 27-25.
Tanabe had 25 digs, five kills, three blocks and an ace this match. Valenzuela 36 digs; Davalos, 18 digs, seven assists; Linden four kills, two aces, 12 digs; Green, six kills and seven blocks; Grijalva, six digs, four assists and an ace; Victor, six kills, two digs and four blocks; Roman, six digs and an assist, and Gallardo, eight digs.
“The girls are doing so well right now,” Coach Chavez said after the three straight wins. “It is so nice to see what hard work does. They are trusting each other on the court. It’s nice to see them play as a team.”
Douglas, 9-8 overall, 6-4 in conference, 5-4 in region, will play its last game of the season Tuesday, Oct. 29 hosting Palo Verde on what will be Senior Night for the four departing seniors.