The Dodge City Conquistadors volleyball team continued to build momentum Monday, beating the Cloud County Community College T-Birds in straight sets by scores 25-19, 25-20, 25-18.
It was the third consecutive match the Conquistadors have won in straight sets, the longest such streak for the team since 2010.
The team has also won 10 consecutive sets, and 12 of their last 13 dating back to the team’s 3-1 victory Friday-night victory over Labette.
"It was a good sweep," sophomore opposite Madison Orr said. "We started out really good, we were all hyped up, ready to go and we just got on it early and didn’t let up."
The third set, which the Conquistadors won 25-18, was by far the most back-and-forth set of the match. There were eight lead changes in set three, compared to just two in each of the first two sets. The last one in set three came when Dodge City took the lead 19-18.
"That third set our fans definitely helped us out on that one," Conquistadors head coach Kamri Nehls said. "We got a a little bit complacent there."
Orr said the team didn’t really have any doubts even though the third set was more difficult than the others.
"Whenever you win two in a row you kind of get a little relaxed, which I mean it’s easy to do, it’s going to happen," Orr said. "We just kept pushing and got the win."
The team continues to improve and find its rhythm Nehls said.
"We had a lot of kids step up tonight that maybe aren’t the star-player," Nehls said. "We had a lot of girls who stepped up and really fulfilled their role tonight and helped the team to get this win tonight."
Nehls named two specifically.
"Madison; she definitely helped us tonight, and Kate (Warren); I thought she played well tonight," Nehls said.
The Conquistadors took the lead for good in set two when they took the lead at 4-3. In set one, they took the lead 10-9 and never gave it up in that set.
Part of Nehls’ strategy in the match, even when things weren’t going the Conquistadors’ way in set three, was to let the players fix it themselves. She pointed out that she deliberately opted not to call timeouts.
The reason for that strategy was part of the reason said she isn’t worried about the team getting complacent, despite having now won four straight matches.
"This group has a lot of heart and passion and we don’t want to lose, and we don’t want to get behind," Nehls said. "Our team is very ‘we fix it ourselves,’ and I feel like anytime I call a timeout it kind of sucks out the momentum that we do have going, and so I really wanted them to be able fix their mistakes out there and get out of the hole that they were in."
The Conquistadors will look to build their winning-streak to five matches when they head to Seminole Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma Baptist University JV at 3 p.m. on Friday.