Carrizozo volleyball coach Whitney Whittaker will be the first to tell you her team’s season has been difficult.
“It’s been a rough year, with two coaches leading them,” Whittaker said. “And they’re young. They’ll have to learn from all of this.”
Things got a little better in the Grizzlies’ season finale, though, with a four-game victory over Reserve on Oct. 27.
It was Carrizozo’s second win on the year – the Grizzlies also beat Reserve in the Capitan Classic back in September – and it was enough to secure a home berth in the first round of the District 2-1A tournament.
That match is at 6 p.m. tonight against the Mountaineers.
Whittaker had shared coaching duties with Katherine Pierson as she awaited the birth of her child – which happened on Oct. 10, by the way. So the consistency of coaching was something of a problem.
And the youth – ah youth. The Grizzlies (2-17, 1-5 district) had several freshmen and eighth graders on the floor this season, although they’d been without freshman Joana Vega due to a knee injury.
She was back on the floor against Reserve on Oct. 27, but came down wrong during a hit and injured her other knee.
“We’ll see how she is, but I think she’s done with volleyball,” Whittaker said.
Still, the season continues for at least one more match for the Grizzlies, and a win against Reserve would put them in the next round at Animas on Wednesday.