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Ruidoso falls in three, but it’s still close

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Gracie Hooker, far right, hits the ball against a Roswell double block, Oct. 6, at Ruidoso High School.

RUIDOSO – Roswell may have defeated Ruidoso’s volleyball team in three games, but Lady Warrior coach Megan Colvin doesn’t like to call it a sweep.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso senior Alexa Herrera hits the ball, Oct. 6, during her team's match against Roswell.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso senior Alexa Herrera hits the ball, Oct. 6, during her team’s match against Roswell.

“Yeah, we lost in three, but I think what was done on the court was much better than what the score says,” said Colvin after her team’s 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 loss on Oct. 6. “Our girls are working hard, they’re doing a lot of good things and we’re only improving every match.”

Ruidoso (5-9) came into Thursday’s contest having also lost to Goddard in three on Tuesday and to Pojoaque in three at the Portales tournament over the weekend.

Like their match against Roswell, those contests were also marked by close scores in games, including one in which the Lady Warriors were up 11-5 against Goddard.

“We’re working on coming together for the entire match and staying strong the entire way through,” Colvin said. “We’re getting better, every game.”

In each game, Roswell (10-4) had to fight off a determined Lady Warrior team that – even when down by as much as six points – were able to come back and make it close before finally falling.

Even so, Ruidoso didn’t get its first lead of the night until an ace serve by Lia Mosher made it 7-6 in the second game, and it was only

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso striker Lia Mosher, far right, hits the ball against the block attempt from Roswell's Deavion Allen (7) and Nayelli Morales, Oct. 6, at Ruidoso High School.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso striker Lia Mosher, far right, hits the ball against the block attempt from Roswell’s Deavion Allen (7) and Nayelli Morales, Oct. 6, at Ruidoso High School.

one of two leads they had in that frame.

The Lady Warriors opened game three on a tear, scoring the first four points, but the Lady Coyotes were able to battle back and tie it at 4-all, eventually going up 11-5 before a big kill by Mosher stopped the flood.

Mosher, Gracie Hooten and Morgan Johnson were all stalwarts at the net, coming up with a number of blocks for points, but every time it looked as though Ruidoso had turned the corner, the Lady Coyotes would find the open floor behind the Lady Warrior wall to drop in a dink to get the serve back.

It’s all about District 4-4A play now, for Ruidoso, as they face nemesis Portales at home, Oct. 11.

There’s not a single slouch in their district opponents. Hope Christian is the Class 4A State runner up from last season, and they, Portales and Moriarty are a combined 23-18.

Portales is 6-8, but Colvin knows better than to let that record fool her or her girls into thinking this won’t be a difficult match.

“I think we’re going to be just fine in district, we have the talent, no doubt,” Colvin said. “It’s gonna be competitive, it won’t be a breeze. But I think we’ll be OK.”

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