LOGAN – One Quay County School will be heading to the New Mexico State Tournament this year in volleyball. The Logan Longhorns made it through both district and regional play to qualify for the State Tournament this week which will be at Del Norte High School in Albuquerque.
According to Logan head volleyball coach Jena Rogers, it was a long and tough road making it to state but it was a satisfying one even though they had to repeatedly play arch rival Grady to qualify. “We’ve got some pretty dedicated girls here,” said Rogers. “They’ve really shown a lot of what it takes to be champions.” The climb to the state competition began Saturday, Oct. 29 when the young Logan team lost to Grady in districts in three, 14-25, 16-25, 18-25.
The loss put them as second in the district so when they played at Regionals they would have to face the top team from District 2 which proved to be Victory Christian who in an upset win defeated Temple Baptist. At Regionals, however, it was Logan’s turn to pull an upset as the Quay County school defeated Victory Christian in three, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18. Predictably Grady also defeated their opponents, Temple Baptist. so for the fourth time this year the Longhorns would face the Bronchos.
Rogers said it was a traumatic time for her players because of a recent death of a classmate in an accident, but despite that they pulled together and began the match with a “solid” first game win against Grady, 25-17. The second game went to Grady, but it took the two teams battling beyond 25 to do so. Grady won 27-25. The third game was once again a back and forth affair as the final winner once again proved to be the Bronchos, 25-24. Only in the final game did Grady appear to be solidly in control as they won 25-11.
“They (Logan) play so well,” said Rogers. “They really looked good out there.”
To illustrate just how good they looked, the Logan coach pointed to Kelsey Ayres who had nine assists and three aces during the regional contest. She also used as examples Bretta Smith with 14 assists, Hitters Raynee Rocher who went 33-41 hits with eight kills and Renee Sanders who went 24-32 hits with 13 kills. She also singled out Amber Humble who had 13 blocks.