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Gallup sweeps Newcomb in season opener

Gallup sweeps Newcomb in season opener


Girl kneels on one knee to hit volleyball over net.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Gallup junior Shalayna Thomas reacts to the ball on Tuesday night in prep volleyball action against the Newcomb Lady Skyhawks. Gallup swept the Lady Skyhawks, 3-0.

The Gallup volleyball team turned in a solid performance on Tuesday night as the Bengals opened the 2017 campaign with 3-0 victory over the Newcomb Lady Skyhawks.

The Bengals swept Newcomb 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 at Gallup High School.

“I think they did very well,” Gallup coach LaRena Morris said. “We’ve been practicing a lot with our offense and I told the girls they needed to run some offense tonight and not settle for the regular outside and middle hits.”

As a team, Gallup put down 26 kills with Felicia Begay, Megan Watchman and Ericka Begay combining for 16 of those winners.

“We ran a lot of our plays tonight and I am very proud of that,” Morris said.

Felicia Begay led the Bengals attack with six kills while Ericka Begay and Watchman added five.

In addition to being more physical at the net, the Bengals were also aggressive at the service line, putting across 19 service aces. In that department, Watchman served up seven of those winners, including five during a 7-0 run as Gallup ran its lead to 20-10 in the opening set.

“We’ve been really working with our serving,” Morris said. “I think that’s the easiest points we can get and I stressed that to the girls. Our pressure serve is like easy points for us.”

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Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at


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