Carrizozo got it’s only volleyball victory this season against Reserve in the seventh place game of the Capitan Classic, so it stood to reason the Grizzlies were looking forward to their District 2-1A match at Reserve, Oct. 7.
After five hard-fought games, Carrizozo lost, but acting head coach Katherine Pierson said they were games to be proud of.
“After winning that first game, they were down nine points in the second, and lost 25-23,” Pierson said. “They really rallied back in that one.”
Things went to five, and that was unknown territory for the Grizzlies (1-13, 0-2 district).
“They hadn’t played to five all year, so they weren’t prepared for playing to 15,” Pierson said. “I told them it comes fast, they just weren’t ready.”
Carrizozo has a home match against Magdalena, Oct. 10, then heads to Animas on Thursday.
After that, it’s three home matches to close out the district.
Their immediate goal is to beat Reserve in four games or less, something they’ve proven they can do. That way, they won’t have to travel in the first round of the district tournament.
As for all the rest of the matches – Magdalena is a non-district 2A school – Pierson is hoping to avoid being swept, and even take them to the limit.
“We’d like to take them to five games at least, we have the talent and potential to do that,” Pierson said. “We have a good team, it’s just a matter of getting them to click.”