Lady Dons spikers open with a win

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Volleyball season under way for both Meadow City squads

By Dave Kavanaugh

For a little while, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons looked the part of a volleyball team taking the court for the first time this season.

A few miscues too many occurred on their side of the net Thursday in Socorro, and they found themselves trailing one game to none. The host Lady Warriors took the opening set 25-19.

But after bouncing back for the equalizer in a narrow 26-24 verdict in game two, West got into a groove.

The Lady Dons took control 25-21 in game three and then put the match away by an identical score in game four.

It was a successful second season opener for head coach Mary Bustos and her club, which hosts St. Michael’s on Tuesday afternoon in the home debut at Gillie Lopez Gym.

“The girls were a little nervous the first game,” Bustos said of her team, “but they settled down and played more relaxed (after that).”

Lady Dons setter Sarah Gold notched 23 assists in the win. Caelin Bustos and Celeste Trujillo were a couple of the key attackers she set up. Bustos carved Socorro’s defense for 21 kills and hit a blazing .515 percentage. Trujillo had 14 kills on a .345 clip.

Jenika Padilla added four kills.

Deanna Bustos was a defensive leader with 41 digs; Gold had seven. Both shined from the service line, connecting on more than 80 percent of their serves.

While West Las Vegas hosts the Lady Horsemen, Robertson and head coach Judith Trujillo also have their home opener across town at Mike Marr Gym when the always dangerous Mora Rangerettes come to town.

Robertson was to play at Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon after this edition went to press.

New Mexico Highlands volleyball, coached by second-year man Bryan Crawford, plays a tournament this weekend in Wichita Falls, Texas.