Coming into Thursday evening’s match-up in opposition to Albuquerque Excessive, the Los Lunas Tigers had been on a dominant roll, successful six video games in a row, and outpacing their opponents in matches gained by a staggering 21-4 distinction.
With an opportunity to clinch the District 5A championship, the Tigers took to the courtroom with momentum on their facet. Earlier than the primary serve was hit, the varsity took a second to honor their outgoing seniors on the cheerleading, dance and volleyball groups. One senior, specifically, is the lone fourth-year participant on the volleyball group — Kyleigh Fleshman, who additionally served because the group’s captain, was a key a part of the group’s success this season. With 134 kills on 69 units performed, Fleshman ranked second on the group in kill proportion.
To honor her senior season, the group introduced Fleshman with a bouquet of flowers and surrounded her with hugs as she entered the gymnasium to a standing ovation from the followers in attendance.
After the pre-game festivities had been accomplished, the Tigers’ focus shifted to the duty at hand, successful the District 5A championship.
From the opening serve of the primary match, Los Lunas set the tone early on. Highlighted by an imposing internet entrance presence offered by Fleshman, junior middle-blocker Kaysin Robinson, sophomore defensive specialist Aleighia Romero, and sophomore reverse hitter Riley Luther.
The 4 Tigers held the road on the internet and saved the Bulldogs off stability with onerous spikes that as a rule resulted in each a kill and a degree for Los Lunas. Mixed, Fleshman, Robinson, Romero and Luther accounted for 8 kills within the first match.
Los Lunas rolled by the primary match, and at one level rattled off 10 unanswered factors, as they cruised to a 25-8 first match win.
The Tigers adopted up this robust first match efficiency by persevering with to dictate the tempo within the second. Popping out robust by scoring the primary 4 factors of the match after which answering the primary Albuquerque level by scoring the subsequent 4 once more to make it 8-2 early.
This may show to be the pattern for the remainder of the second match, because the Bulldogs struggled to maintain up with the speedy tempo the Tigers had been setting.
Los Lunas would decelerate in the direction of the tip of the second match, which allowed Albuquerque Excessive to chop the deficit to the closest margin it might be all evening, ten factors. The Tigers would slam the door on any late sport comeback nevertheless, scoring the ultimate two factors to win 25-12.
The third and in the end ultimate match could be a close to carbon copy of the primary. The Tigers continued to attain factors in bunches, with 8 straight being their longest of the match. Los Lunas continued to dominate the online and scored just a few aces on serves that helped their successful effort.
When it was all mentioned and executed, Los Lunas gained the ultimate match 25-8 and swept the Bulldogs in three straight matches, clinching the district championship. The group jumped off their bench and began celebrating on their facet of the courtroom, joined by their coaches and fogeys.
After the sport, head coach Tanya Sanchez spoke about her group’s efficiency.
“They’re firecrackers,” Sanchez mentioned. “They arrive collectively, they’re a younger group however they arrive to each single play.”
Sanchez additionally touched on the significance of Fleshman to the group and the way her management and friendship helped guarantee the opposite gamers on the group stayed engaged and centered.
Waiting for the state playoffs, Sanchez lighted on within the significance of a robust defensive effort from her group to maintain their successful methods going.
The Tigers performed Rio Rancho Excessive College within the first spherical of the 2021 State Volleyball Championship for the 5A District Tuesday. The Tigers misplaced by a rating of 3-2.