The Bob Lesley Gym filled up out on Oct. 23, as parents and fans came out to cheer on the ladies in their last regular home game which was also senior night for the team. The Troopers disposed of the Montwood Rams quickly, winning in three sets.
The Troopers quickly wrangled in the Rams, scoring the first point of the first set on a block by senior Megan Custer, who has been putting up big numbers all season. This night was no different as Custer delivered 11 kills and 3 blocks. For her the night was exciting, but the feeling of this being one of her last games is not quite real for her yet.
“It feels wild,” Custer said, “Even though it's senior night and everything, it still hasn’t hit me yet. I was honestly sad, but I feel like I’ll feel it more in playoffs. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life with volleyball.”
The first set went to the Troopers 25-21 on a spike scored by Junior Caitlan Buettner who had a big night herself with 15 kills and a handful of exciting spikes and other plays.
Heading into the second set the energy was high in the gym chants of “Megan” and other seniors names could be heard from the loyal student section. The Rams went down twelve points and attempted to rally back and win the set, but they were no match for the Troopers who came out on top of this set 25-21 on one of Buettner’s many spikes that night.
The final set began and Rams fans were leaving, smelling victory for the Troopers in the air. The score was 21-19, and with the Rams up two points, it seemed as if they might get to keep fighting on. The Troopers scored two points and the gym exploded with energy. Montwood needed a timeout to to try to stop the momentum and let the crowd quiet down. Senior Samantha Conde scored again and another timeout was called the score was 23-23. After the timeout, the game was already over as Buettner came out ready and scored two big points to decide the night in a Trooper win 25-23.
In the previous match up with the Troopers, the Rams went all five sets. Senior Annie Johnson who had 12 digs, 1 kill and 1 assist was surprised by this quick victory on such a big night.
“It is definitely super exciting,” Johnson said. “I was expecting a really close, tight, five-set game, but it's exciting. I think we're strong and ready to go into playoffs. Our team has excelled tremendously throughout the season and we are ready to go kick some butt. I’m ready to see what’s going to come.”
Playoffs start for the Troopers on Oct 29, against the Midland High Bulldogs in Alpine, Texas at Sul Ross State University. The game starts at 4:00 pm MDT.
The following photo gallery is provided courtesy of photographer Charlene Martinez.