A tough back and forth matchup was had for the Lady Warriors Volleyball team this past weekend. They were able to come out with a 3-0 victory against the Reserve Mountaineers. The seemingly lopsided score is not telling as to how hard the Warriors fought to get to their 9-5 overall record.
The tone of the game came early with an exciting back and forth struggle in the first set.
Sophomore Syenna Morales scored the first point for the Warriors with the ladies yelling their signature “WHOOSH!” chant. From there it was a neck and neck battle. 6-6, 7-7, 8-8.
The Mountaineers then went on a five shot run to make it 13-8. Head Coach Lars Baker called timeout.
The girls huddled up. Coach Baker came in and told them “Talk amongst each other. Say what we can do better,” and left the huddle.
He left the motivating up to the players in that moment.
“The girl’s have to push each other, which is why I stepped away,” Baker said after the game. “That was a big moment. I can only coach so much. You have to let them find their strength as a team and fight back for a win sometimes, and they responded.”
The Warriors continued to struggle, going down 18-10 in the set. They stormed back to make it 18-16, including solid strikes in the left and right corners by Miquella Barela and Taelena Fowler. The game came down to the wire.
It was 24-24. The Reserve team took the lead and were in position for game point. Sophomore Marysa Ocampo had a strong hit into the middle of the Mountaineers defense to tie it again.
Down 28-27, the Warriors came back with three straight points and won the set 30-28.
At that point the Warriors were fired up and the crowd was cheering hard. Net play and serves by both teams were sloppy throughout the game which helped make it such a close match.
It was not easy for the Warriors, as they went 25-23 and 25-21 in the second and third sets, but they came out with the win.
“The girls played really well,” Baker said. “There’s always some things we need to work on. We need to get better at finishing. But this team is resilient. That’s something you can’t coach. Our offensive and defensive play is jelling really well and feed off of each other. You can see the improvement every game. This is a great squad.”
The Warriors two game winning streak places them seventh in the state 3A standings.
They will begin district play with six straight games against Hatch Valley, Hot Springs and Cobre High Schools.
They close out the season with two straight home games on Oct. 25 & 27 before the district tournament begins on Nov. 11.