Mustangs pummel their way to 2nd

Mustangs pummel their way to 2nd


Two players reach for ball.

Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie
Ramah’s Taleah Herron (6) and Kourtney Lewis (5) attempt to block a hit on Saturday morning against the Logan Lady Longhorns during the 2017 New Mexico Class 2A state volleyball championship game in Rio Rancho. The Lady Longhorns defeated the Lady Mustangs, 3-2.

By the time the Ramah Lady Mustangs showed up at the state volleyball championships they were experts at putting up a fight.

They were many times during the regular season where they had to bounce back in matches and push teams to five sets. The 2A state championship match was no different.

Though Ramah came up short to Logan 3-2 in sets 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 15-9 and finished as 2A runner-ups, they didn’t go out without a fight.

Ramah head coach Alejandro Rivera said it wasn’t a new look for his team.

“One of the qualities that they have is they come back in difficult situations, three or four times during the season they were down by two and then we come back and win in five,” he said. “They did their best and played with a lot of heart.”

Logan started the match strong, and took a 14-8 lead before Ramah went on a 11-0 run to take the lead 19-14. Logan chipped at Ramah’s lead but came up short, giving Ramah the first set win, to lead 1-0.

Ramah stayed with Logan most of the second set but Logan’s hitters put the ball away on every possession toward the end of the set. Logan took the set to 25-19 to even the score 1-1.
Ramah battled again in the third set but started to give way to their mistakes toward the end of the set and came up short. Logan took Set Three, 25-19.

Down 2-1, Ramah was pushed into a corner in the fourth set. They matched every point Logan put up and trailed them by at least one point. The Lady Mustangs found an opportunity to lead late in the set when they took over on a Logan mistake, 24-12. Ramah’s pushback caused Logan to create mistakes, including a play with four hits and a hit into the net, which gave Ramah the fourth-set win 26-14.

Logan head coach Robert Young said they expected Ramah to push back.

“I expected them to be really good defensively; very athletic, not making a lot of mistakes, kind of us making mistakes, always getting the ball back. What I expected was what I saw, they knew how they mixed up their hits,” Young said. “I knew they were very good and you couldn’t take them lightly, and they have big hearts.”

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About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at or via cell at (505) 686-0769.