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’Zozo girls win in five

By Todd Fuqua

It’s district time in all sports, and the volleyball teams for Corona and Carrizozo are facing the moment of truth.

The two teams took each other on Oct. 4, with Carrizozo taking a five-game victory.

“It’s always good to get the W, especially right before district,” said Lady Grizzly coach Whitney Whittaker, whose team takes on Reserve today and hosts Quemado on Saturday. “We’re not quite there in development, but we are getting close. A few more practices, a few more times, we’ll be good.”

For its part, Corona (6-6 after Tuesday) has been battling some personnel problems, having to share time with the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell.

“We’ve had girls going back and forth. We haven’t had a good, full practice all week long,” said Corona co-coach Amanda Dunlap. “But we deal with that all the time and do with it what we can.”

The Lady Cardinals were also hampered by back problems. Hitter Aubrey Brandenberger wasn’t able to jump as high thanks to back spasms, but Dunlap said she was still doing well, a testament to how talented she is.

Corona faced Vaughn in their first District 3-1A match on Oct. 6, and will be on the road at the Eagles on Oct. 11.

“You never want to discount Vaughn, because they’re very scrappy and can come back and beat you if you’re not careful,” Dunlap said. “We’re looking pretty good going into district play. Feeling confident but trying not to get too cocky on ourselves.”

Carrizozo (6-8) hosts Reserve today at 1 p.m., and is at home against Quemado at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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