Lady Cardinals super busy, still winning

By Todd Fuqua

Corona has the interesting dilemma of having a lot of overachievers on its volleyball team.

Most of them were busy last week with the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell, traveling back and forth between fair and matches.

This week, there are no volleyball matches thanks to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

This means a lot of matches had to be rescheduled, and the Lady Cardinals are playing their District 3-1A contests in back-to-back fashion.

Two in a row against Vaughn, two in a row against Lake Arthur, two in a row against Hondo.

Through it all, Corona is 9-6 and 3-0 in district, having won seven of their last eight. And the match they lost was a five game thriller against Lincoln County rival Carrizozo.

“We do feel pretty good right now,” said Corona coach Amanda Dunlap. “It’s usually nice to get time between matches and know what you’re going in for on the second time around, but it’s been successful so far.”

Corona’s last victory was a sweep of Lake Arthur on Oct. 13 – they’ve all been sweeps – and they’re at Lake Arthur on Oct. 25.

As a result of girls all over the map the last two weeks, Dunlap has had to rely on a lot of younger girls to step up, much as they did in September during the Roswell Gateway Christian tournament.

“They’ve matured a lot and grown quite a bit. Of course our older girls have been great leaders,” Dunlap said. “They have worked to help improve some of the shortcomings on the court that we don’t always catch on the sidelines.

“When they’re on the court, they’re completely dedicated to volleyball. When they’re in school, they’re completely dedicated to that,” she added. “I’m amazed they can spread themselves that thin and be successful in everything they accomplish.”

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