Monday, November 10, 2014

Mustang Volleyball 2014

Probably the top athletic program at Monument Valley high school over the years has been our volleyball team. Under legendary coach Lucinda Nash they won 999 games over a 34 year period including 8 state championships and 6 times as runner-up. A dozen or so former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level, with 3 alumni currently playing at New Mexico State, Adams State, and Texas El-Paso. The 2014 team started the season with high hopes and is coached by a Mustang alumnus, Rennel Gilmore, who played under Coach Nash as well as most of her assistants. With teamwork and great effort they completed their mission to bring home state championship #9 to Monument Valley. The girls have all taken the weight training class and lift at least twice weekly during the summer. Some who cannot fit the class into their schedule lift in the morning before school at 5:00am. Their program is basic, to the point, and sound. Back Squats, Front Squats, Push Presses, Cleans and Snatches are the core with some extra back and stomach work. In spite of the fact the our teams give up a great deal in height, they out jump their opponents and have the power to get the ball through blocks and on the floor.
Also it is worthy of note that all of the girls on the team made the Honor Roll academically for the first grading period.
Congratulations to the 2014  Mustangs.

Nash matures into a leader for NMSU volleyball team
Mustang Alumni Bradley Nash playing for New Mexico State
Captains Taylor Worker and Ohiyah Shirley holding the trophy. Both dedicated lifters who will play at the next level next season. Ohiyah will play at Northern Arizona and Taylor is in the decision process.
Former Monument Valley Mustang standout Naomi Whitehair prepares to pass the ball for the University Texas El Paso volleyball team. Whitehair played one year at New Mexico Military Institute before transferring to UTEP. (Courtesy photo)
Mustang Alumni Naomi Whitehair playing for UTEP.

Mustangs 2014 Arizona State Champions


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