CAPITAN – For the past two years, the story has been pretty much the same for the Capitan volleyball team.
They make a few small mistakes, but then they pile up into a big loss.
On Oct. 13, it was no different for the Lady Tigers, whose small mistakes led to a 25-14, 25-12, 25-11 District 4-3A loss to Dexter.
“This wasn’t our strongest showing, by any means,” said Capitan coach Kimberly Stone. “We made a lot of errors, didn’t move our feet. Those are things we will have to correct if we want to win.”
Things were actually close to start, as Dexter had a lead a majority of the way through, but it was never by more than one point. Neither team could get a rally going.
That changed when Dexter libero Yajira Sosa took the serve. Four points later, the Lady Demons (11-4, 3-0 district) had a 13-8 lead and weren’t seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Dexter took big leads to start each of the next two games, and the Lady Tigers (4-11, 0-3) couldn’t recover either time.
“It’s like a domino effect, we have a hard time stopping (the mistakes),” Stone said. “It’s going to be a challenge. We’re nearing the end of the season, and now is the time they have to get it figured out.”
Capitan is at Eunice this Saturday, before starting the back end of the district schedule at Tularosa on Oct. 27.
Tularosa is a team the Lady Tigers took to five before falling a week ago.
“This is a tough district. Every one of these teams have been to state multiple years in a row,” Stone said. “Every game we have from here on out, they’ll have to fight for it.”
The evening started with a special recognition of second grader Preston Miller, who also happens to have Down’s Syndrome.
October is Downs Syndrome Awareness Month, and the Lady Tigers took the opportunity to recognize and celebrate Miller, who has become like a little brother to every student in Capitan – regardless of age or grade.
“Everyone loves him, and he loves to play ball, it doesn’t matter what kind of ball,” Stone said. “Keilee Templeman brought this idea to us, and I was so proud of her for that.
“That’s what this is about, being selfless,” Stone said. “I was very proud of the girls for putting that together.”