Sports Briefs

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Socorro volleyball
The Socorro Lady Warriors volleyball team beat Hot Springs on Thursday night in the District 3-3A tournament to set up a third showdown with Silver this afternoon, in Silver City.
Socorro beat the Tigers in four sets, 25-22, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17. According to Socorro head coach Joni Mauldin, her team didn’t play its prettiest match, but it still managed to down a squad it split the regular season series with.
“My girls were sluggish the first game,” she said. “I had a lot of my starters having an off night.
“We pulled it together, though, for that past game and we pulled away. The last two times we’ve gone five with T or C, so this is a step in the right direction.”
The Colts have only given up one set to Socorro this season, but a victory for the Lady Warriors would give them an automatic birth in the state tournament. Given Socorro’s rather tough season schedule though, even putting up a good fight against the fourth-ranked team in the state might give the Lady Warriors a shot at a 13 or 14 seed come tourney time.
Today’s match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Magdalena volleyball
The Steers volleyball team stayed perfect in District 2-1A when they beat Desert Academy for the third time this year, the latest in the district tournament. Magdalena defeated the Wildcats in three sets, 25-22, 25-10, 25-7. The host Steers will play for the tournament championship this evening at 6 p.m.
Mag is a shoo-in for the Class 1A state tournament this year, but winning the league tourney should increase its chances of claiming a higher seed. According to www.maxpreps.com, the Steers are currently ranked 13th in Class 1A, but they have been ranked as high as fourth and four teams currently ranked higher than them boast losing records.
Regardless of where it lands, head coach Bryan Baca knows his squad will bring everything it has to tonight’s district championship, as well as state.
“I expect them to go out there and take care of business and prove once again we’re the best in our district,” he said. “We played well enough today, but I think we still have another tier here we can get to.”