The Las Animas High School volleyball team remained winless on the season as they fell to La Junta in three sets last Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Tiger Gym and to Swink Thursday in a three-game sweep on the road.

The Lady Tigers may have swept the Lady Trojans, however, Las Animas gave La Junta all it could handle.

The scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 26-24.

"Las Animas is going to be tough this year," said LJ coach Rebecca Miner. "They really showed a lot of scrappiness and Danielle Gonzales, when she gets a hold of it, she's dynamite. They played really well. But I'm proud of our girls. We played well too."

La Junta took an early 2-0 lead in the first set, but Las Animas cut the deficit to 3-2. The Lady Tigers then ran off five straight points to extend the lead to 8-2.

The teams exchanged sideouts until the Lady Trojans closed the gap to 13-10. The Lady Tigers pushed the lead to 16-10, however, Las Animas closed to within 17-13.

The Lady Tigers then went on a 7-0 run for a 24-13 advantage. But Las Animas attempted a comeback and closed to within 24-17 before La Junta scored off a Lady Trojan hitting error to take the first set 25-17.

The Lady Tigers took an early 4-0 lead to begin the second set. The Lady Trojans were able to stay within a four-point deficit before La Junta went on a 4-1 run to build an 11-4 lead.

Las Animas narrowed the margin to 13-6, however, the Lady Tigers scored four in a row for a 17-7 lead.

The Lady Trojans then outscored the Lady Tigers 6-1 to reduce the deficit to 18-13. La Junta increased the lead to 23-15, but Las Animas scored four consecutive points to close within 23-19.

The Lady Tigers, however, scored the final two points of the set off Lady Trojan mistakes and took a 25-19 win.

La Junta took a 2-0 lead to begin the third set, but Las Animas scored five straight points for a 5-2 lead. The Lady Tigers closed the margin to 5-4, however, the Lady Tojans scored three in a row to push the advantage to 8-4.

La Junta answered by scoring six straight points, but Las Animas tied the score at 10-10. The Lady Tigers regained the lead at 12-10, but the Lady Trojans again deadlocked the score, this time at 12-12.

The Lady Trojans then went on a 4-2 run to take a 16-14 lead. The Lady Tigers tied the score again, however, Las Animas claimed a 20-18 lead.

La Junta then ran off five points in succession to take a 23-20 lead. The Lady Tigers had a 24-22 lead, however, the Lady Trojans again tied the score at 24-24.

But the Lady Tigers scored the final two points to take the third set 26-24.

Nia Lobato led the Lady Tiger hitting game with seven kills, followed by Antonia Kinchen and Bianca Good both with four. Maddie Pryor led in assists with 16 and Rylee Lovato led in service aces with five.

Danielle Gonzales led Las Animas' attack with nine kills and Madison Gonzales and Leticia Martinez both had four. Blanca Cadenas had 13 assists and two service aces.

La Junta (1-1) went on to open Tri-Peaks League play on Thursday as it traveled to Colorado Springs to face St. Mary's.

"St. Mary's is always tough competition, but we've had two pretty tough matches so far," Miner said. "We're as prepared as we're going to be this early in the season."

Las Animas vs. Swink

Las Animas (0-2) began Santa Fe League competition against Swink on Thursday.

In Swink, the Lady Trojans fell again, this time 17-25, 19-25, and 26-28.

Coach Warren explained that the loss to Swink burns for the Lady Trojans. It wasn’t for lack of trying as the outside hitters had a good week, but there were several missed blocks making for a hard night for the back row.

This week the Lady Trojans travel to Fowler to face the Lady Grizzlies on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. and travel again to Hoehne next Tuesday, Sept. 12, to face the Lady Farmers at 5 p.m.