Lady Warriors can’t ground the Hawks

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The Lady Warriors volleyball team was flying high after coming off a three-set demolition of Deming on Oct. 9, and the win was a much-needed one for Socorro. It hadn’t won a match since Sept. 15, and the Lady Warriors went on the road and played well against a team from a larger class.

Jonathan Miller/ El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s Bryahna Baca tries to loop a ball over the Laguna-Acoma block on Thursday night. The Lady Hawks defeated the Lady Warriors in straight sets.

“It was awesome. We played a great, great game,” Lady Warriors head coach Joni Mauldin said. “My girls were hitting, they were picking up, they were serving.”

Socorro hoped to bring that same level of play to its home match against Laguna-Acoma on Thursday night, but unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, the Lady Hawks were flying just a little bit higher.

Laguna (10-5) downed Socorro (8-8) in straight sets, 25-11, 25-8, 25-9.

Socorro was never really a threat in the match as the Lady Hawks used excellent court coverage and a consistent serve to steadily frustrate the home team.

“They’re tough,” Mauldin said of the Laguna-Acoma. “I knew they were going to be tough. We knew they were going to be picking up everything. We knew they were going to serve like crazy.”

Mauldin said a couple of her starters had off nights, and it also didn’t help that senior Marissa Sarate wasn’t available for the match.

Despite the loss, Socorro’s record still sits at .500 and they have a clean league slate heading into the Oct. 18 District 3/3A opener with Hot Springs.

“We need to really work on our serve receive,” Mauldin said. “Once we get that down, we’ll be alright.”

Thursday’s home match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Hot Springs currently holds a 4-9 overall record.