HONDO – After going 2-0 in District 3-1A with two consecutive sweeps, one would think the Hondo volleyball team is filled with confidence.
The Eagles were pretty happy after their 25-15, 25-15, 25-9 victory over Vaughn, Oct. 12, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Hondo (9-5, 2-0 district) struggled several times in both of the first games before finally clicking and winning the final game handily.
“We started off fast, but we kind of get tired in the middle,” said senior Carolina Salcido. “Once we all get pumped up, we all play pretty good.”
It’s not like the Eagles were every seriously threatened. Vaughn (4-5, 0-1) never led in any of the games, but the Aguilas were down by just two points midway through each time.
It wasn’t until Salcido got the serve with her team up 19-9 that things truly took off.
Vaughn committed two service errors in a row and Saldico had an ace serve in short order. Joyce Ann Cooper added a block and the Ealges scored six straight points to finish things.
“I thought it would be tough,” Salcido said of her feeling when she got the serve. “I just had to keep my mind right and focus.”
One player whose enthusiasm was infectious was Kyra Lucero. Every time she served, she seemed ready to leap out of her shoes with excitement.
“I get my confidence up and I have to keep my team up,” Lucero said. “If I can do that, I know we’ll do good.”
“It’s fun to coach her, it’s fun to coach all of them,” said Hondo coach Denise Montoya. “They finally got their stuff together after having no games last week. I hate those mid-season lulls.
“They decided they were going to play with intensity all the way, and that’s just what they did,” she added. “I was happy I could put some of my younger girl on the floor in the first game, too. They needed that.”
Now that the Eagles are 2-0 in district, there seems to be few obstacles in Hondo’s way en route to an unbeaten district season, but Montoya refuses to think that way.
Hondo’s next district test is Oct. 19, when Lake Arthur comes to town.
“I hate to underestimate anybody. I don’t want them to let their guard down,”
Montoya said. “They’ll have to play their top game all the way through.”