Texico Lady Spikers Win 6 in a Row!
Texico Lady Spikers Win 6 in a Row!
Posted on 11/18/2019
VB Champs 19




After receiving a # 1 seed and a bye in the first round of play, Texico’s first opponent in the state tournament was 8th seeded Monte Del Sol (20-3).  Texico came out strong against the Dragon’s winning in 3 sets (25-10, 25-19, 25-15).  Senior defensive specialist Samantha Sites noted, “We came into the tournament ready to play without hesitations.  We left everything on the court and came out stronger than our opponent.”   The team totaled 28 kills/22 assists/7 blocks/11 aces/26 digs.  Stat leaders were; Junior, Rachel Phipps (9 kills/12 assists/8 digs/2 aces/1 block), Senior, Ashley Hill (7 kills/3 aces/13 digs/1 block), and Junior, Riley Rohrbach (4 kills/10 assists/2 aces/7 digs).  Senior, middle hitter, Gemma Martin posted 3 kills and 3 blocks, while defensive specialist; Macki Bilbrey and Grace McDaniel combined for 9 defensive saves.  Bilbrey commented, “I think that we played really well and shut down Mescalero with our defense.  We played our tempo and had fun! “ The victory moved Texico to the quarterfinals against 5th-seeded, Mescalero Apache, who upset Pecos to advance in the winner’s bracket.  

The Wolverines took Mescalero in 3 sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-21) behind a strong offensive and defensive front.  Texico was led by Hill at the net (18 kills/1 block/8 digs/1 ace), Rohrbach (14 kills/1 block/11 assists/6 digs) and Phipps (8 kills/1 block/23 digs/2 aces).  Bilbrey and McDaniel each stated 8 digs, while McDaniel scored on 3 aces from the service line.  Phipps added, “ 


In the semi-finals Texico faced a familiar foe, district rival, Pecos.  The Wolverines had previously defeated the Panthers 3 times during district and district tournament play in only 10 sets.  Middle Attacker/Blocker, Gemma Martin noted; “Though playing Pecos multiple times in our season, we didn’t underestimate them.  Coming out ready to play and battling throughout the match, we were thrilled to defeat them a 4th time!”   Texico defeated the Panthers 25-20, 25-21, 25-18.   Texico team stats for the match were: 40 kills/11 blocks/63 digs/29 assists/6 aces. Rohrbach led all attackers with 11, while Hill and Muse combined for 16 kills and 28 digs.  Phipps led the offense, stating 20 assists, while both Bilbrey and McDaniel combined for 18 defensive saves and 4 aces. 


The Pecos victory advanced Texico to the State Title match for the 6th season to face Mescalero, who moved through the consolation bracket on Saturday, defeating #3 seed, Hagerman in 5 sets and #2 seed, Dulce, the 2018 state runner-up in 3 sets.  This year’s State format is the first time the tournament eliminated pool play and included double elimination, up to the semi-finals.  Texico made its way to the Championship having played only 3 matches, winning all in 3 sets, while Mescalero played 5 matches to advance to the championship. 


Texico started slow, dropping the first set, 23-25.  Miscommunication, 10 unforced errors and a lack-luster defensive effort caused Texico to falter.  It served as a wake-up call to the girl’s, who responded and fought back in the 2nd set, winning 25-19.  The 3rd set was back and forth, point for point until Mescalero took the lead 20-17.  Texico did not give up and tied the set 24-24 before the Apaches closed out with 2 straight points, 24-26.  The forth and 5th set were controlled more by the Wolverines.  Co-captain, Rohrbach said, “Although we had to push through some adversity, we truly made a point to battle for each play, taking it one touch at a time.  It was such a team effort and the most amazing way to end our season!  It is something we will always remember and something that will solidify the bonds that we have created!” 


Texico had an 8-point lead in set 4, moving on to win by 13, 25-12 and took the momentum from set 4 into set 5.  The Lady Spikers prevailed in the 5th set, 15-11, winning their 6th straight volleyball title.  Outside hitter and defender, Hill scored on 30 kills/1 block/20 defensive saves and 1 ace to claim her second straight state title. Other stat leaders were; Rohrbach (20 kills/9 assists/8 digs/1), Muse (14 kills/21 digs/2 aces), and setter/hitter, Phipps (12 kills/1 block/7 digs/16 assists and 2 aces).  Both defensive specials, Bilbrey and McDaniel, combined for 25 defensive saves.  Ashley Hill reflected on the journey; “We didn’t start the first match well enough to gain momentum for the rest of the set, digging ourselves in a hole but managed to fight for every point towards the end to help our confidence and to be aggressive.  Our team battled though 5 tough sets because we knew in order to get the job done, we had to all work together.”