Westy volleyball stays in conference title hunt

Wolves claim fourth straight 3-0 in-conference win

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/31/19

The 2019 season didn’t begin how Westminster (7-6) and coach Marcel Bandera envisioned after starting 1-5, but a resurgence has put the Lady Wolves over .500 for the first time since Opening Night, …

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Westy volleyball stays in conference title hunt

Wolves claim fourth straight 3-0 in-conference win

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The 2019 season didn’t begin how Westminster (7-6) and coach Marcel Bandera envisioned after starting 1-5, but a resurgence has put the Lady Wolves over .500 for the first time since Opening Night, Sept. 27.

Also, Westy has inched their way to one-game back in the 5A East Metro Conference with a 6-1 record and three games to play after their three-set win over Hinkley Oct. 23.

“What is working? The commitment of the kids,” Westminster coach Marcel Bandera said after the victory. “They are really enjoying things and having fun with us. We, as coaches, are trying to create an environment where the kids are happy, competing, and we have pushed them hard. I think they have responded well.”

Taking the first set narrowly, 25-18, Westy garnered control in the last two sets ending at 25-13 apiece. A constant attack near the net matched with fantastic communication in the back end allowed the Wolves to keep their distance, claiming their 4th-straight 3-0 win in conference play.

“We train the way we are going to play. So, I feel confident with my kids when they are attacking. If they have confidence attacking the ball — even if they a mistake — they execute the right way most of the time,” Bandera said.

Controlling net-play senior Anisa Jaramillo, junior Emily Leyva and sophomore Isabella Rhodes dictated the result of set No. 2, as the Lady Wolves went on a 9-2 run to end the frame and go up 2-0.

In the final set, more of the same, as the road team never trailed after jumping out to a 5-0 lead. Despite a mid-set run by the Lady Thunderbirds, Westy ended things how they started with a 5-0 charge to close out the contest on the Jaramillo kill.

Also performing well in the third set, senior Hope Trujillo (one kill) sophomore Jennifer Vargas (four kills), freshman Bailey Burrier (ace) and Leyva made their contributions felt. Playing together, playing like a family has been a huge key and saying around this program this season. Hoping to make some noise in the final week, Bandera looks forward to the challenge of growing and giving Rangeview (7-0 in conference) and Vista Peak (7-0) their best shot.

“One thing we have been working is to find out what we want for us. They come in with this concept of that we are family. As a family, we are going to be competing, so every single match, we are going to be a family here together.”

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