Tight match ends in disappointment for Lady Warriors

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“Close, but no cigar” seems to be a theme for the Socorro Warriors this fall season, as the Lady Warriors chalk up a loss on Tuesday night in a 0 – 3 loss against the Deming Lady Wildcats. All three Lady Warriors volleyball teams lost their matches against the Lady Cats on Tuesday evening – the C Team, junior varsity and varsity.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Warriors Giovanna Rosas, no. 12 and Ashley Pyke, no. 7, address the pass from the Deming Lady Cats during their game Tuesday evening. The Lady Warriors played one pretty tight set, but lost the game 0-3.

In spite of the scoreboard, the Lady Warriors have shown tremendous growth this season, especially the varsity team. The junior varsity team was on a winning streak that was broken Tuesday night against the Lady Cats. C Team is showing signs of skill development – playing as a team, and learning to back each other up. Junior varsity seems to have that concept in mind, as well. The varsity team has begun communication much better, using their strengths, backing up the blocks and digging for the ball – aggressive play that was nonexistent the first few games. They still fall too easily back into quiet, non-communicative play, but in Tuesday’s game it was evident they realized their mistake and bounced back into action. There is a cohesiveness already present in the junior varsity and C teams that will serve them well as the teams mature, if they can stay together as a team.

Tuesday’s game was hampered further by a score keeper’s call that the coach had made an illegal substitution, or illegal rotation following a substitution. The ladies were close to winning the set when the call was made, and the referees took about five minutes to discuss and debate the call, which ended up costing the ladies a point and a huge loss of momentum.

“We have been really communicating and working together as a team against East Mountain and Cobre,” coach Joni Mauldin said of Tuesday night’s game. “I thought last night we would continue the trend, but it just didn’t happen. I’m confident we will pull it all together and be back on track in time for district!”

The Lady Warriors next volleyball game is this evening at Laguna Acoma High School at 4 p.m.