Santa Fe posts a 'respect' win

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 11:32 p.m.
The common wisdom was that the Santa Fe volleyball team was doing it all with smoke and mirrors, racking up 15 wins to open the season and move into the 3A rankings against lesser competition.
Well, if that was the case, the Raiders waited until 6A Buchholz (9-4) got enveloped in the smoke and the cracked the mirrors over the Bobcats head in a 17-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 18-16 win Tuesday night.
"This is the win that gets us respect," Santa Fe coach Michelle Faulk said. "A lot of people didn't think that we had played good competition. There's no doubt that the team we beat tonight is a good team."
There was no doubt that the team that played with the most intensity won the match Tuesday. Even when the Raiders were down 2-0 they were still diving for balls all over the court.
After fighting all the way back to 2-2, the Raiders fell down again 10-8 in the fifth game. Jen Galam rattled off four straight service points to put the Raiders back in the lead and Buchholz on the defensive.
The Bobcats did manage to fight off three match points, but on the fourth go around, Bekah Babston, playing with a knot on her head that she got diving for a ball, basically set a ball perfectly across the net to play to a weakness in the Buchholz defense and win the match.
"They were a lot more intense than we were," Buchholz coach Mika Robinson said. "They wanted it more than we did. They were digging balls, and we were a little slow all night."
Santa Fe hitter Katie Butcher looked solid all evening and finished with a team-high 10 kills. Hannah Johnson added eight kills and four blocks.

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