Sun, Nov. 17

Mingus volleyball connecting the dots
Ladies beat Sedona and Bradshaw Mountain

<b>Tristin Meacham</b> spikes the volleyball at the net Wednesday against Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley. VVN/Sean Morris

<b>Tristin Meacham</b> spikes the volleyball at the net Wednesday against Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley. VVN/Sean Morris

PRESCOTT VALLEY--The Mingus volleyball team won two games in a row this week: first against Sedona (3-1) at home Tuesday, and then on the road against Bradshaw Mountain (3-0) Wednesday.

That brings Mingus' power point record to 4-2, with their only losses coming from Prescott and Flagstaff, two very good teams.

Tuesday's match against Sedona tested Mingus a little bit, but after dropping the third set they came back and put an end to the Scorpion rally.

Delaney Scanlan's serve was dropping in the fourth game of the Sedona match, an area of her game that has improved a lot since last year. At one point she had 14 serves in a row.

The Bradshaw match wasn't as eventful. Mingus had a slow start in the first game, but they came back from an eight-point deficit to win 25-23. There was no tuning back after that. The Bears couldn't get anything going, and the Marauders kept intensity.

The three-player rotation in the middle for the Marauders with Tristin Meacham, Sara Cochrane, and Kalina Boysen continues to improve. Meacham and Cochrane are only sophomores, but they're not playing like it.

Scanlan has figured them out, so that makes them look good too.

The outside hitters, Taylor Brott, Angel Chavez, and Bailey Mabery have a lot of power. When Scanlan sets them up for power kills, they're coming through with consistency.

Defensively, Vanessa Vera and Cortlin Sandoval are playing at a high level. The team relies on their backcourt know-how, and they're looking good.

"We're moving right along," said Mingus head coach Brian Herman. "Our sophomore middles are hitting the ball better in every match that we play. They're picking up every blocking assignment, and just doing a great job for us. Our defense is coming around and our passing is getting better. When our passing is better our hitting is better. We're not even close to where I want to be, but we're in a good spot right now. For it being about mid-season, we're doing okay."

Herman is getting a lot out of his lineup so far this season. He makes a lot of substitutions and just about every player gets time on the court in every match.

"I've been able to play 12 girls almost every single match. I think that says something about our team. We're young, but we've got talent all over the place. We might not have girls that can play all the way around, but we've got girls that can play specific roles very well. We're going to use them wherever and whenever we need them," Herman said.

It looks like team chemistry will continue to be an advantage for Mingus.

"I think these girls have each other's backs," said Herman.

The girls' next home game is against Camp Verde Sept. 20.

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