Lady Busters volleyball goes winless at Lamar tournament
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The last five points of sets were the undoing of Garden City Community College's volleyball team on Saturday in Lamar, Colo., as the Broncbusters dropped matches to Laramie (Wyo.) Community College and Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College on the second and final day of the tournament.
In both matches, the Lady Busters (0-4, 0-0) held sizeable leads in sets they eventually lost. Head coach Harvey Sanders said that it was the final five points of games that they seemed to let slip away.
"If we had managed the game from 20 to 25 (points), we could have won both of those matches," he said.
Instead, the Busters lost in five sets to Laramie and then in four against Trinidad.
"There were times that we were up by five points and let it get away," Sanders said. "We've just got to learn how to win."
The Busters jumped out to a one-set lead against Laramie, 29-27, but dropped the next two sets 25-23 and 25-22 to fall behind. According to Sanders, at least one of those games was easily winnable for the Lady Busters. Garden City answered back in the fourth 26-24 but were unable to complete the comeback, falling 15-7 in the fifth.
Against Trinidad, the Lady Busters had to try to climb back from a hole yet again — except this one was a 2-0 deficit after Trinidad won a close first set, 29-27, and then blew out Garden City in the second, 25-16. The Lady Busters rebounded to take the third set 25-19 but lost the fourth by the same score to drop the match.
It was the Lady Busters' fourth loss in as many matches after dropping the first two contests of the tournament in Lamar on Friday. They lost to Otero in four sets (25-7, 26-28, 25-22, 25-15) and then Lamar in straight sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-21).
Freshman Dominique Mays put on a show on Saturday, according to Sanders.
She accumulated 25 kills between the two matches, including 16 against Trinidad. She also had four aces and would have had many more had the Lady Busters not been playing on a smaller court, Sanders said.
The Lady Busters will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in their home opener against Jayhawk Conference foe Pratt at the Perryman Athletic Complex.