After beating the visiting Albuquerque Evangel Christian Lady Eagles 25-11 in the first game of the District 5B Tournament championship on Saturday evening, Santa Fe Waldorf had to do some digging, and not just the volleyball kind.The Lady Wolves (18-3 overall) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first game, but they had to come from behind in the second and third games en route to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-20 victory to secure their second straight district championship as well as their 15th consecutive win.
With many lead changes, Evangel Christian (16-4) was on top 22-20 in the second game before the Lady Wolves scored five consecutive points to get the 2-0 lead. In the final game, Santa Fe Waldorf overcame a 13-8 deficit.
The Lady Wolves were down for the majority of the last two games, but Santa Fe Waldorf head coach Josie Adams only called one timeout the entire match. That was done on purpose so the Lady Wolves can get used to playing with a deficit in the state tournament.
“In state, we’re going to feel that kind of pressure, and we’re going to have to learn how to dig ourselves out,” she said. “We can be 10 points behind and pull ourselves out.”
Even though Santa Fe Waldorf had to come from behind twice, no one on the team doubted that they were going to be holding the district championship trophy at the end of the night.
“I knew from that head start that we were going to win, even though in the last couple games we had some hesitations,” Santa Fe Waldorf junior Keifer Nace said. “But, you know, we just like to entertain the crowd a little bit.”
Despite the hesitations in the last two games, this was actually the fastest the Lady Wolves put away the Lady Eagles. They beat them in four games the first time they met and finished them in five games on the second. This third match, however, had a little more weight to it, so the Lady Wolves wanted to make sure to end it as quick as possible.
“They’re definitely the toughest team in our district, but I was confident that we could beat them in three,” Santa Fe Waldorf junior Cecelia Barnard said. “That was our goal from the beginning.”
That confidence led to another win for the Lady Wolves, and their hope is to continue that hot streak in the state tournament, but not in the first round.
“I’m expecting the 4-seed at this point,” Adams said. “I feel pretty confident that we can go past the first round.”
Regardless of where they’ll be seeded, the Lady Wolves are still guaranteed a spot in the tournament with the district championship, and Josie hopes she can leave that tournament with some hardware too.
“I’d like to come home with another trophy,” she said.
courtesy of: Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/10/13