Lady Rattlers wins season opener

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Lady Rattlers opened the season with a hit and miss Tuesday night against Floyd’s Lady Broncos.

The Varsity team won their season opener, three to one over the Floyd team, while the JV team lost to the Broncos.

The Varsity won the first set 25-17. Senior Cori Wilson had back-to-back blocks resulting in scores. And senior Tawni Davis had consecutive serves to score and helped the Rattlers extend their lead in the first set.

The Rattlers lost the second set 12-25, but still played well. The crowd cheered and whistled when senior Jana Kirksey made a dramatic block at the net.

The third set was close as the two teams exchanged the lead throughout the match. During the closing minutes of the set, senior T’Shawna Span spiked the ball driving it hard to the floor between two Floyd defenders. The crowd cheered and coach Kaylene Davis gave the team a thumbs-up. The team won 25-22.

In the final set, the Rattlers were trailing but the team rallied with a series of smart plays and saves. The spectators were on edge as Span put one over the net bringing the lead to 23-21. But it was a game-winning block from Wilson that clinched the Lady Rattlers first win of the season.

After the game, Wilson said, “I’m so excited. This is a huge sigh of relief for all of us. A lot of the pressure of having a new coach and learning a new system are gone. We are hopeful that this is how the rest of the year will go.”

Davis said, “I’m very proud of the girls they played hard. Even when they were trailing, they never got down. They played as a team with unity and that makes me very proud.”

The junior varsity lost both sets 11-25 and 16-25 to the Lady Broncos. Despite the loss, the team was still positive.

Freshman Ashley Lopez said, “All of us were nervous since this was our first game. We made a few mistakes but we now know our strengths and weaknesses and we can work on them.”

Junior varsity coach Joni Jones said, “For a team that only has only three sophomores and mostly freshman, we did well tonight. We have many practices and games ahead of us to get better as the season progresses.”