HILLSBORO – Having not lost back-to-back sets all season, the No. 8th-ranked Rebels thought they had another conference win in the column after beating Ranger 25-15 in the opening set. Not so fast, with their rotations set RC took the second set 26-24 and followed that up with a 25-17 win in the third. Hill kept the match alive with a 25-17 win of their own. Tied at late in the deciding set, Hill used a 5-0 run to secure the match with a 15-10 win.
"It was really an amazing match," said Ranger head coach Nicole Smith. "I felt like it could have gone either way. I am proud of how we played against the 8th best team in the country."
Reigning Region V Player of the Week Jaylan Thomas showed how she earned that honor with 15 kills, 20 digs and an ace.
ODESSA – Having traveled close to 600 miles in the last week, Ranger was back in Western Texas to take on Odessa College on Saturday. The road time might have had an effect on how RC came out, they dropped the first set 25-10. The Rangers rallied in the second set, but OC was able to hold off the rally and picked up a 25-23 win. The Wranglers took control of the final set to win the match in straight sets.
Darie-Ann Duncan and Tonny Pereria put Ranger up 2-1 against Western Texas on Saturday a lead RC held until the final 10 minutes of the match. A defensive miscommunication gave Nahinana Scola an open net and she tied the game at 2-2. A penalty in the box gave Porscha Miseles-Huff a chance to win the game on a PK and she did just that when he shot ended up in the back of the net with just five minutes left.
Chrislyn Browne picked up an assist for Ranger.
Valentina Bonaivto made three saves.
HOBBS, NM – Tonny Pereria had three shots and Darie-Ann Duncan had two, but it wasn't enough for the Rangers to get a win on the road at the University of the Southwest in a 2-0 loss.
Annesta Richards and Bonaivto each made six saves.
Fifty-one minutes into the match against Western Texas, it looked like Ranger College was going to stay unbeaten in conference play. Chris Harrison and Kyle Edwards had each found the back of the net in the second half and RC was up 2-0. The Westerners mounted an unforeseen comeback scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes capped by a second goal by Mario Banegas that proved to be the game winner in a 4-3 match.
Following the goal by Edwards, Western cut the lead in half, but Edwards pushed the lead back to two goals when he scored for the second time at the 70-minute mark.
Azinho Solomon had a pair of assists. Edwards had one.
Vincente Hernandez made seven saves.
Ranger plays a pair of non-conference matches at University of the Southwest and home against Murray State College before traveling to Western Texas to close out the regular season.
LEVELLAND – In a tough field featuring teams like Lubbock Christian and the host of the meet South Plains, the Ranger me placed fourth led by Daniel Rotich and Jahlil Howard.
Rotich ran 26:36. Howard clocked in at 27:31.
"The men have a strong pack going which is led by Dan Rotich and Jahlil Howard," said Ranger head coach Kathy Graham. "They have been working hard, and it is paying off. We are right where we want to be heading into regionals and nationals."
Fernando Teran finished with a time of 27:58. Trey Wiles ran a time of 28:04.
Gladys Rutto and Freshiah Ndungu helped led Ranger Saturday in the South Plains College meet. Rutto ran a 20:06 and Ndungu finished with a time of 20:14. It may not have been the performance the Rangers wanted but they beat a number of teams including Division 2 University of Texas Permian Basin.
"We are looking to really step up to where we need to be for regionals and nationals," said Ranger head coach Kathy Graham.
Ranger will host a meet on Friday before heading back to South Plains for the Region V Championships.