Cougars play aggressive while Mountaineers take hometown name to heart

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The Alamo Navajo Cougars pulled out a 3 – 0 win against the Reserve Mountaineers on October 4 in Alamo. The game was unruly with multiple errors and saves on both sides of the net. The Cougars strength seems to be their ability to recover from errors, and they aren’t afraid to dig and agressively attack the ball. The Mountaineers are more, well, reserved.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Alamo Navajo Cougars Tierra Apachito, no. 7 and Hanna Apache, no. 15, block the ball back to Reserve Mountaineer Rachel Cushman in their face-off last Friday at Alamo Navajo. Alamo Navajo won the match 3 - 0.

Both teams have work to do in the area of teamwork and running plays. Their efforts seem to be more free-for-alls with miraculous recovery, though there is some sign that they are practicing the bump-set-spike type of play in practice and warm-up. Putting this practice into play in the game takes skill development and experience. Both the Cougars and the Mountaineers seem to be young or lacking in experience playing together as a team. Both teams have three or four seniors, so there should be some developed skill there.

Probably the greatest strength of the Cougars that makes the difference in their ability to pull out the wins is their strong team communications. They talk to each other, call shots and back each other up as best as they are able.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars takes on Jemez Valley at home tonight, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. Reserve Mountaineers travel to Quemado to face the Eagles tonight at 6 p.m.