After losing seven of its first eight games, the Magdalena Lady Steers have really turned things around and for the first time this season have a winning record. They traveled to face the crosstown rival Alamo Navajo Lady Cougars and won 3-1, putting them at 10-6 going into district play.
“We definitely got off to a rough start this year,” Head Coach Sara Sue Olney said. “We had a lot of learning to do and now we’re seeing it pay off at the right time of the season. Our communication and on court quickness has really improved as this team has had time to come together.”
This was by no means an easy win. After winning easy in the first set 25-17, Alamo came right back in set two with a 25-16 proverbial punch in the mouth, winning the battle in back and forth volley’s. Having been suddenly woken up, the Lady Steers barely won the third set 27-25 and staved off the Lady Cougars in the fourth and final set 25-22.
Alamo Navajo Head Coach Michael Archuleta had the Lady Cougars coming into the game at 8-11, having lost four of its last six. He had the girls fired up before the game to face off against Magdalena.
“Unfortunately we’ve underperformed at times this year,” he said. “There have been some games that we shouldn’t have lost. We’ve been competitive in every game but we’re struggling to close things out. But I always get fired up when we face Magdalena, so does the team. I know we’re going to fight hard out on the court for a game like this.”
After the loss Alamo is set to play the winner between Native American Community Academy and Menaul during playoffs this week.
The Steers went a perfect 8-0 in 2A District 6 games finishing first. The district tournament takes place November 5 to 9 and will determine if the team is able to qualify for the state championships that begin on November 14.