HEREFORD – The Dumas Demonettes volleyball team suffered a road loss to the #2-ranked Hereford Lady Whitefaces (29-27, 25-17, 25-10) on Tuesday night in a District 4-4A matchup.

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In a highly-contested opening set, the Demonettes raced out to a 4-2 lead and stood toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the state before dropping a 29-27 heartbreaker.

Hereford trailed early again in the second set before overcoming a 12-11 deficit en route to a 25-17 win.

Dumas started slowly in the third set and could not regain the momentum as the Lady Whitefaces completed the sweep with a 25-10 victory.

Maris Rodriguez led the Demonettes with 17 digs, while Abree Elsheimer finished with 11 digs and a team-high six kills.

Sheda Madit put together a stellar performance with six blocks and an equal number of kills, and Halie Coon tallied nine assists and one ace.

Brenley Rodriguez added six blocks and Karyme Castillo posted eight assists for the Demonettes.

Dumas (25-11, 1-1) will host Perryton (11-17, 0-2) at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

 DUMAS TOPS PAMPA IN DISTRICT OPENER

The Demonettes defeated the Pampa Lady Harvesters (25-15, 25-13, 25-20) in the district-opening contest at the Dumas High School.

Sheda Madit led Dumas with five blocks and 10 kills, while Brenley Rodriguez posted five aces and 4.5 blocks.

 CROSS COUNTRY

The Dumas boys cross country team earned a fourth-place finish at the Lubbock ISD Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday at Mae Simmons Park. The girls team also fared well and claimed fifth-place in a meet that featured some of the top teams in the state.

Sophomore Noah Williams finished 10th in the 5000-meter race with a time of 17:02.40, while teammates Xavier Soto (23rd), Cade Torrez (35th), Jovanni Soto (37th), David Valdez (40th), Brian Corona (51st), and Kevin Bonilla (66th) all raced at a high level.

Sophomore Mia Lujan and junior Sarai Chavez placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Two Mile Run to pace the Demonettes. Other team members who turned in good performances included Yahaira Lujan (24th), Paradise Fuentes (49th), Berkley Funderburg (54th), Rocio Mendoza (67th), and Pyo Tha Zin Cho (108th).

Dumas will compete at the Canyon Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday.

 GOLF

The Dumas Demonettes placed fifth out of 14 teams at the Randall Invitational on Sept. 24-25.

Brook Brown finished in 12th and Jullian Shockey came in 14th, while Lauran Skipworth (29th), Kylee Parks (37th), and Emery Damron (49th) all turned in solid performances.

The Demons will compete in the Borger Tri-Meet on Saturday, Oct.2, and the Demonettes will hit the links on Oct. 8-9 at the Amarillo Invitational.

 TENNIS

The 18th-ranked Dumas Demon tennis team continued their winning ways on Tuesday afternoon with a convincing 14-5 victory over the Pampa Harvesters. Dumas swept the season series 2-0 with a combined 27-11 score.

The Demon and Demonettes knocked off the Borger Bulldogs, 13-6, last Saturday on the road to sweep the season series. Dumas will host 11th-ranked Canyon on Saturday in the regular-season finale. The Eagles won the first meeting, 11-8, in a hard-fought district encounter.