Taos vol­ley­ball team sends the se­niors off with love

The Taos News - - SPORTS - By Sheila Miller sports@taos­news.com The Taos News

The Taos Lady Tigers closed out their 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son at home Thurs­day (Nov. 1) with a cel­e­bra­tion of their se­niors: De­laney Gal­li­gan, Estrella Madrid, Maria Elena Martinez and Faith Pow­ell.

In her heart­felt ad­dress to the four girls, ju­nior Laura Tru­jillo spoke on be­half of the rest of the play­ers, telling the se­niors: “You’ve led this team through hard times on and off the court.”

To­gether they cre­ated “a team that is more like a fam­ily,” Estrella Madrid said of the var­sity vol­ley­ball squad in her farewell re­marks.

Faith Pow­ell re­mem­bered eighth-grade and the dev­as­ta­tion of not see­ing her name on the list for the mid­dle school team—only to dis­cover that she’d been se­lected to play up with the high school. She ar­rived the first day of prac­tice in roller-blade knee pads and cut-off jeans, and cred­its the coaches from trans­form­ing her “from a baby gi­raffe” to “one heck of a vol­ley­ball player.”

And that she is. Pow­ell had 325 kills this sea­son – driv­ing the ball straight to the floor in at­tacks other teams couldn’t an­swer – and was the dis­trict leader by a wide mar­gin.

Se­nior De­laney Gal­li­gan called Coach Migs (Miguel Quin­tana) “one of the fun­ni­est adults” she’s ever known, and ac­knowl­edged the im­pact of his con­stant re­minders to “keep work­ing on the lit­tle things” and “burn­ing her ships” – a phrase that refers to the mar­tial prac­tice of be­ing so com­mit­ted to a course of ac­tion that one de­stroys the path of re­treat.

The Tigers ended their reg­u­lar sea­son 7-13 with plenty to look for­ward to next sea­son. The JV girls put on a fine per­for­mance against Es­pañola. They took the first set and, af­ter a long but lost sec­ond set, were lead­ing the third when their game was called for time.

John Denne

Se­nior Maria Elena Martinez is an­nounced and in­vited to join her fam­ily and sup­port­ers on the court be­fore the game against Es­pañola Thurs­day (Nov. 1).

John Denne

Peñasco player Adri­anna Tafoya and Questa player Sasha Martinez bat­tle at the net dur­ing Set 4 Tues­day night. Peñasco would win the set to clinch the game 3-1.

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