CANYON – Behind a team-leading 16 kills from senior Abree Elsheimer, the Dumas Demonettes volleyball team knocked off the Canyon Lady Eagles, 19-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-12, in District 4-4A action Tuesday night at Canyon High School.
Dumas (27-11, 3-1) notched its second consecutive district win to take sole possession of second-place behind No. 2-ranked Hereford (35-2, 3-0).
Canyon (13-20, 2-2) outscored the Demonettes 9-3 to break open a 1-1 deadlock en route to a 25-19 win in the opening set. Trailing 17-9, a kill from Elsheimer ignited a 7-1 run by Coach Brittani James’ squad to close the gap to 18-16. However, the Lady Eagles regrouped to take the first set.
The Demonettes never trailed in set two opening with a 15-7 lead on an ace from junior Haile Coon. From that point, Dumas outscored Canyon 10-9 including a momentum-changing kill from junior Brooklyn Sianez to thwart a late rally by the Lady Eagles to help the visitors pull even one set apiece.
The third set saw Dumas improve its blocking after tallying just five blocks in the first two sets. The Demonettes pulled away from a see-saw affair and clinched a 25-13 win on an ace from Coon.
A rejuvenated Lady Eagles team took an early 2-1 lead in the fourth set before the Demonettes went on a 9-2 run highlighted by kills from Sianez and Elsheimer to take a commanding 10-4 lead. Senior Brenley Rodriguez took over down the stretch with a pair of blocks and two kills as Dumas rolled to a 25-12 win.
Rodriguez turned in an impressive outing with seven kills and 8.5 blocks, while Coon tallied 19 assists and three aces. Sianez posted seven kills and Karyme Castillo and Vanessa Martinez added 17 assists and nine digs, respectively.
Seniors Jazzy Ortiz and Sheda Madit both came up big for the Demonettes. Ortiz led the team with 19 digs to go with one ace, and Madit collected seven kills and 3.5 blocks.
“I think that Canyon played an amazing game and we had to try to match that — and our energy was pretty low there early on,” Coach James told KDDD Radio when asked about the Demonettes slow start. “We finally found our stride and took it on.”
“I did tell the girls that I think that this was probably the worst game we played since August, and we played really well in August,” added Coach James. “We made quite a few errors in this game. We finally kicked it in the gear and got out of our way and decided to play.”
Dumas will host the Borger Lady Bulldogs (15-15, 1-3) on Saturday at noon.
DEMONETTES SWEEP PERRYTON
The Demonettes picked up their second District 4-4A win of the season with a 25-16, 25-7, 25-7 sweep against the Perryton Rangerettes Saturday at Dumas High School.
Brenley Rodriguez paced Dumas with a team-high 11 kills to go along with 1.5 blocks. Abree Elsheimer posted 8 digs and seven kills, and Halie Coon added 14 assists and five aces.
Karyme Castillo led the Demonettes with 16 assists and Maris Rodriguez tallied eight digs and two aces.
The Dumas cross country team turned in another solid performance last weekend at the Canyon Invitational. The boy’s squad finished in fourth place with 102 points, while the girl’s team captured sixth place with 187 points.
Freshman Yandel Talavera and sophomore Noah Williams paced the Demons. Talavera finished ninth in the Three Mile Run with a time of 16:38.20, and Williams earned 10th-place with a time of 16:42.53.
Senior Xavier Soto turned in a time of 17:42.87 and was followed by Cade Torrez (17:44.00), David Valdez (18:06.24), Jovanni Sotto (18:17.89), Kevin Bonilla (18:51.67), and Brian Corona (20:35.50).
The Demonettes were led by junior Sarai Chavez, who posted an impressive time of 12:44.13 in the 3200-meter event to finish in ninth-place.
Junior Rocio Mendoza completed the race in 13:40.43 and teammates Mia Lujan (14:02.84), Berkley Funderburg (14:35.82), Paradise Fuentes (15:18.25), and Pyo Tha Zin Cho (17:28.54) also fared well for the girls’ team.
The cross country team will be competing at the West Texas A&M University Meet on Saturday.
The Dumas Demons tennis team closed out the regular season on Tuesday with a 14-5 setback to the 11th-ranked Canyon Eagles at the Demons Courts. The loss snapped the Demon’s two-game winning streak.
Dumas (4-4) finished in third place in district action behind unbeaten Hereford (8-0) and Canyon (6-2).
The Dumas Demons boys golf team will be competing at the Plainview Triangular on Saturday, Oct. 9, while the Dumas Demonettes girls golf team will be playing Oct. 8-9 at the Amarillo Invitational.