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Lady Phantoms win three at annual Spartan Classic Sept. 11-12

Martha Duran, Natalie Ramos and Deya Ramos wait for the serve Sept. 11. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

Martha Duran, Natalie Ramos and Deya Ramos wait for the serve Sept. 11. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Lady Phantom held their own during the fourth annual Spartan Volleyball Classic in Ash Fork Sept. 11 - 12.

On Sept. 11 the Lady Phantoms walked away beating out Mayer and suffered two losses to Ash Fork and Williams.

"The girls played better on Saturday," said head coach Barb Shields.

During Saturdays game Grand Canyon beat Camp Verde 25-17 / 22-25 / 17-16 and Mayer 25-20 / 25-18. They lost 14-25 / 14-25 to Joseph City and 14-25 / 13-25 to Ash Fork.

Even with six seniors on the team, Shields is focusing on balancing experienced and inexperienced players.

"One of our seniors has never played volleyball since middle school, so a lot of inexperience mixed with inexperience," she said. "It proves to be interesting in every game."

According to Shields, some all around players on the team are Jessica Ross-Mentor, Yessie Jimenez and Deya Ramos.

"Deya Ramos is a very strong player and Yessie Jimenez is also a very strong center and another all around player,' Shields said. "Jessica Ross-Mentor can play most or any of the positions."

Shields said the team is working on having positive attitudes and better communication skills this season.

"One of the things I try and do with my team is keep it positive," Shields said. "We all know when we make mistakes and nobody needs those corrected in their face."

The Lady Phantoms started the season with a scrimmage against Seligman followed by their first game, a loss, to Shonto-Prep.

"We lost to them, but they played valiantly we were in it all three games," Shields said. "That was a great game to watch and be part of."

Their next game was against against Williams Sept. 8.

"That was a fabulous game it went to four games with the last game going into overtime and the final score being 28-30," Shields said.

Grand Canyon went on to beat Basis Flagstaff School (0-3) Sept. 10.

The Phantoms go up against Joy Christian School in an away game Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

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