Magdalena Steers volleyball wins District 2-1A, keep record intact

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The Magdalena volleyball team beat Menaul on Oct. 25 to keep their District 2-1A record in perfect condition at 11-0 and shored up a playoff spot in the process. The Steers, 15-4 overall, face To'hajiilee on Nov. 1 to finish up league play, and a win over the Warriors could ensure them a solid seed in the state tournament.

"I think with a five seed, I'll be extremely happy," Mag head coach Bryan Baca said. "I think we're one of the top five or six teams in the state."

And the Steers have gone on a run over the past 43 days most would say proves exactly that. Since a Sept. 13 loss to Hot Springs, Magdalena has gone 12-1, rolling through district play, and doing so in fine fashion. In 11 of those matches, the Steers have swept their opponents in three sets.

"What I like is that we're not really messing around too much," Baca said. "There is no doubt we have the ability. We work on the small, technical part of the game. The blocking. The positioning. It's just time to really fine tune what we've got. What we have done, we've just got to make sure we clean it up."

Baca has pulled off quite a feat in his first year as head coach. Not many people around the state, or maybe even the county for that matter, were counting on the Steers to be a contender this season. But his team has performed past expectations and bought into Baca's style.

"No one was expecting this team to go undefeated in district play," he said. "I wasn't sure what to expect from these girls. I'm just proud of them. They trust each other. They trust the system, they trust the coaching and they trust what's going on."

Magdalena will play host to this year's District 2-1A tourney beginning on Nov. 8. The 2012 Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q State Volleyball Championships begin in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho on Nov. 15.