RUIDOSO – After a rough start which saw the Ruidoso volleyball team lose its first three matches of the year – as well as pool play during the Sweet 16 tournament in Las Cruces – the Warriors rebounded, Sept. 5, with a four-game victory over Hot Springs.
As great as the win was, though, it wasn’t easy. At least not until the very end.
Ruidoso (1-3) lost the first frame 25-21.
It seemed the Warriors just weren’t in synch to start, but things started to turn around when hitters Gracie Hooker and Andee Roach got their arms going.
“We played hard in Las Cruces, but it was nothing like what we played here tonight,” Roach said. “We played really well tonight.”
Ruidoso may have finally revved up, but it was still a bit of a struggle. After getting to game point serve, the Tigers (0-3) almost made a comeback and got to within a poit on a kill by Jaileen Loera.
However, once Hot Springs got the serve, it went right into the net and the match was tied at 1-all.
The third game was as close as the second, with the Warriors holding on to win by the same score, 25-23.
Game four is when Ruidoso really took off. The Warriors utilized a 5-0 run in the middle of it all to build a 15-7 lead, and that increased to 20-9 on another 5-0 run started by a huge kill from Hooker.
Hot Springs was able to stop the streaks, but they couldn’t keep Ruidoso from scoring a bit more at a time, and they couldn’t stop Hooker or Roach’s momentum.
Things came to a resounding end when Roach stroked a kill down the line for the final 25-15 score.
“We’re a better team now, instead of individuals,” Roach said.
Ruidoso will be in Roswell this weekend for the Zia Classic. Like the Sweet 16, this tournament features a number of larger schools, but the Warriors have had success there in the past.
Roach is excited to see what her team can do.
“If we keep improving, we should do really well this weekend,” Roach said.