Carrizozo girls still struggling

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo's Sydney Zamora, left, and Hailey Barela converge to save a ball, Sept. 16, during their team's match against Lordsburg at the Cloudcroft Mountaintop Tournament.

CLOUDCROFT ­– Carrizozo’s story at the Cloudcroft Mountaintop volleyball tournament was similar to the season thus far.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo sophomore Sydney Zamora goes up for a hit, Sept. 16, during her team’s match against Lordsburg in the Cloudroft Mountaintop Tournament.

After losing every game in pool play, the Grizzlies were swept by Eunice, Mountainair and Lordsburg to remain winless at 8-0 on the season.

Coach Whitney Whittaker said it’s the same problems as in the past – lack of experience and lack of numbers.

“We’re getting better each game, we are,” Whittaker said. “We’re just lacking the confidence and experience right now.”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo’s D’Anna Willingham hits the ball over the net, Sept. 16, during her team’s match against Lordsburg at the Cloudcroft Mountaintop Tournament.

While they may have lost every match, Whittaker said the scores in each individual game was close.

At least until the final match against Lordsburg.

“That last game didn’t show anywhere near what they’re capable of,” Whittaker said. “This tournament was a roller coaster. They had great games, especially against Capitan in pool play.

“When they played Mountainair, they were close,” she added. “But that last game didn’t show their abilities. Not sure if they were tired or what. They are young and the numbers are down, but that’s no excuse.”

Carrizozo gets another chance to show how well they can play at the Capitan Classic this weekend. The Grizzlies are in a pool with Cloudcroft, Reserve and Gateway Christian.

“They have a great team if they choose to be,” Whittaker said. “They just need to find that spark. Once they do, they’ll be great.”

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