TELLURIDE – The Telluride Lady Miners volleyball team has steadily assembled an indestructible game plan, so far laying the foundation for a spectacular season in 2011.
Following a 3-1 win over the Dolores Bears on Tuesday, THS volleyball was ranked number one in the state among 2A schools according to the MaxPreps online high school sports ranking service. The girls are currently undefeated with a 12-0 overall record, and coach Fawnda Rogers says they’re thirsty for more.
“It’s been a process,” Rogers says of the path the team has taken to get to where they are today, undefeated and seriously contending for a post-season grand finale. “It’s been three years for this group of girls, training and getting used to the game of volleyball and understanding its dynamics. It came together briefly last year, when they were playing solid volleyball, but they weren’t able to finish. This year, they’re committed, passionate, and truly willing to work hard.”
This year’s squad is buttressed by an experienced contingent of upperclassmen starters. Setter Emy Ludwig (whom Rogers says is the team’s “quarterback”) and offensive powerhouse Emily Langley have established a solid foundation as team leaders throughout their four-year reign as THS volleyball players. They are joined on the court by such other prevailing players as Libero Sara Wontrobski, who is holding steady as one of the highest-ranked defensive players among Colorado 2A teams with 170 digs on the season; offensive threat Scout Franklin; as well as senior standouts Mallory Bosse and Genevieve Matamoros.
Rogers says the turning point for the season came following a big win over longtime rivals the Norwood Mavericks, a team that went to the state tournament last year and is a consistent contender in the post-season. Telluride rolled out a tough offensive during the September 20 showdown on Maverick home turf, beating the Mavericks in five heated matches 25-21, 23-25, 13-25, 25-20, and 15-11.
She says the victory was a major boost to the girls’ confidence, since it had been many years since Telluride has managed to oust the Mavericks.
“It was a true identifier that we really can do well this season,” Rogers says of the earlier season win over Norwood.
The Lady Mavericks will get their rematch chance this Friday, when Telluride hosts Norwood at the Telluride High School gym. Junior Varsity games are slated to begin at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the team travels to Ridgway for a tri-meet against the Ridgway Demons and Dove Creek Bulldogs. They will then host Ridgway on Tuesday October 11.
The District Tournament will be played in Dolores on Oct. 29.