Volleyball season got off to a rough start for the Douglas Lady Bulldogs, who dropped three straight sets to the 5A Buena Colts in the season opener Thursday, Sept. 5 in Sierra Vista.
Scores from the match were 25-14, 25-15 and 25-10. According to the Sierra Vista Herald, the varsity match was over in less than an hour.
In the first set, Douglas gave up a point to Buena when the opening serve of the match was long. The Lady Colts would jump out to an 11-5 lead, increased it to 18-8, and cruised to a 25-14 win.
In the second set, Buena led Douglas 9-8 at one point before reeling off six straight points enroute to a 25-15 win.
The third set was all Buena who jumped out to a 4-0 lead, padded it to 14-4 and came away with a 25-10 win.
Victoria Valenzuela recorded two aces for Douglas and had 17 digs. Uilani Del Rio had two kills, nine kills and two blocks. Anika Peralta had six digs, Myrna Davilos had two digs and six assists, Madison Green recorded five kills, had one block and a dig; Deyanira Victor recorded two kills and three digs, and Viridiana Roman had a kill and four digs.
“We ran into a good 5A team,” Douglas’ volleyball coach Carlos Chavez said after the loss. It was a good eye opener for us. We need to understand that even though we have a good team, we have to work for every point. It’s just not good enough to say we are a good team we have to show it on the court. With that being said, it’s good to have the first match out of the way. It gives us a starting point to move forward from. I told the girls that one match does not a season make.”
Douglas, 0-1, will be at Sahuarita on Tuesday, Sept. 10 before hosting Catalina on Thursday, Sept. 12 in what will be the Lady Bulldogs home opener.
Douglas’ freshmen fell to Buena in two sets. Scores were 25-19, 25-4.
Moncetratt Maxemin recorded nine digs for Douglas this match. Aleiram German had two digs and a kill, Angela Suarez six digs; Diana Rubalcava and Ximena Martinez each had two digs and Ashley Maldonado, Isabella Smith, and Brianna Elias each had one dig.
“Our girls were a bit nervous for their first game,” Coach Tapia said afterwards. “I saw some good things from the girls as well things we need to continue working on.”