RUIDOSO – One thing is certain after Ruidoso’s four-game loss to Hope Christian on Oct. 25., the Lady Warriors’ match against Moriarty on Oct. 29 will be their final home match of the season.
That’s because Ruidoso has yet to win a District 4-4A match, and will be on the road to start the district tournament next Tuesday.
Ruidoso coach Megan Colvin is hoping her team can get at least one victory before then.
“It’s up to them, do they want it or not?” Colvin asked. “We’ll have a few good days of practice before Moriarty, then we’ll have to hit it hard before the tournament starts.”
While things really fell apart for Ruidoso by the final frame in their 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15 loss, the individual game scores show the Lady Warriors didn’t go without a fight.
The Lady Warriors (5-14, 0-5 district) actually had a lead to stat the entire match, going up by 10-7 at one point while riding the play of Lia Mosher at the net.
Mosher – who wears No. 16 – was an intimidating force with her blocking and killing.
But once another No. 16 got going – Lady Husky Miranda Canez – things started to turn in Hope Christian’s favor.
Starting with a block by Canez, the Lady Huskies (10-9, 4-1) went on a small 4-0 run to take a 17-16 lead, and eventually turned it into a 26-24 victory after fighting off a game-point serve from the Warriors.
Canez came up big in that one, too, getting a scoring block to give her team the serve and the chance to get the victory.
Hope really took control early in game two, going up 8-1 to start and never relinquishing the lead.
But – like in every match Ruidoso has played this year – the Lady Warriors went on another run and got to within two points as Gracie Hooker came up with two straight kills.
But Hope’s early lead was too much to overcome, and they threatened to sweep after the game two victory, taking a 14-10 lead in the third.
However, Ruidoso again came back from the dead, taking advantage of a Husky mental error to go ahead 23-20 and holding on through three game-point serves to persevere and send it to a fourth game.
But it was in that fourth game that things came apart for the Lady Warriors. Hope Christian went up 17-7 at one point and never let up.
“What hurt us there is that we started playing against each other instead of our opponent,” Colvin said. “The way to win these things is to work together the whole way through.”
With no district wins – at least not yet – Ruidoso will have to fight their way from the bottom in next week’s district tournament, regardless of what happens Saturday against Moriarty.
Also, they’ll likely need a district tournament championship to get into the Class 4A state tournament.
“We have to come out strong and go hard the whole way, we can’t go halfway,” Colvin said. “We’ve got to win the tournament to get to state.”