Diligence, teamwork and a stellar offense led the Rim Country Middle School Lady Maverick volleyball team to the championship of the Show Low Invitational Tournament.
That's the opinion of coach Julie Eckhardt, who is in her sixth year at the helm of the RCMS program.
"They never gave up, worked really hard and communicated by encouraging one another," she said. The coach also cited Rylee Halenar and Trinity England who, she said, "worked their tails off to score a lot of points."
In the tournament played Nov. 18 at Show Low High School, RCMS opened pool play with a 25-24 win over Canyon Day but then lost 25-21 to the host Cougars.
The Lady Mavs then took three straight games beating Blue Ridge, 25-17, Holbrook, 25-24 and Mogollon, 25-23.
The results of pool play were used to seed the teams into a single elimination tournament.
That was when the Lady Mavs turned up the energy.
RCMS opened with a 2-1 match win over Blue Ridge. After winning the first game 26-24, RCLS lost the second 25-23 to set up a rubber game the Lady Mavs won by a 15-12 measure.
In the championship finale, RCMS survived 2-1 taking the first game 25-16, losing the second, 26-24, and winning the third, 15-18.
The Lady Horns will host this season the all-important White Mountain League championships Dec. 9 in Wilson Dome.