Ruidoso momentum slows at Lovington

By Todd Fuqua

After winning its first two games at Lovington, Sept. 27, something went very wrong for the Ruidoso volleyball team.

It seemed the air had been let out of their tires and they couldn’t stop the Lady Wildcats from taking a 21-25, 11-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 victory.

Lady Warrior coach Megan Colvin said she was still proud of how the girls performed on the road.

“I was incredibly proud of the girls, they were so focused,” Colvin said. “They got off the bus focused and the first two games they came out strong.

“After the second game, Lovington had a 10-minute intermission,” she added. “It killed our momentum.”

It’s not like Ruidoso (4-6) played particularly badly, they just didn’t play as well as they had in the first two frames.

“Lovington also had one strong girl,” Colvin said. “I don’t know where she was in those first two games, but she definitely showed up in the last three.”

This weekend the Lady Warriors will be at the Peyton Chavez Memorial Tournament of Champions in Portales.

While the field isn’t filled with larger schools like the Zia Classic in Roswell or the Sweet 16 in Las Cruces, it’s still got a number of quality teams.

These are schools closer in size to Ruidoso, including District 4-4A foes Portales and Moriarty, traditional Class 4A powers like Pojoaque and West Las Vegas, and a solid 3A entry from Texico.

“We’ve all got good athletes. I don’t know anybody that’s really a favorite, but Moriarty is going to be tough,” Colvin said.

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