CAPITAN – It was Halloween, and with the colors everywhere being orange and black, you’d have thought this was Capitan’s night.
The Tigers gave a good match against Eunice, but ultimately came up short in a 25-23, 11-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-8 loss in the second round of the District 4-3A tournament.
“This was just about as equal as it could be,” said Capitan coach Pam Allen. “The Eunice program is just about as solid as you can get, and has been for a long time.”
As in the past, Capitan’s matchup against the Cardinals was a close one, with the Tigers (10-10) struggling at times to keep the ball out of the net.
Actually, both teams had their moments. Eunice (11-10) had several runs stopped by mistakes as well.
After a narrow loss in the first game, Capitan turned things around in game 2, taking a modest 8-4 lead and eventually going up 17-8 following a kill by Estrella Sedillo.
Later, Sedillo took the serve and the Tigers scored seven straight points to sweep to victory and tie up the match.
Eunice returned the favor with a fairly easy victory in game three, then the teams battled back and forth until Capitan got game point serve.
It still took three serves and a time out called by Allen, however, before Dakota Hazen sent a ball straight down for the kill to send things into game five.
“I felt these kids left it all on the floor,” Allen said. “We made some mistakes that, if we were playing four weeks down the road, we wouldn’t make. But these kids have come a million miles this season.”
It was close to start the final frame, but when Cameryn Clark got the serve and Rachelle Nagelmeier got a block, that started to turn the tide the Cardinals’ way.
While the regular season is now over for Capitan, Allen wouldn’t rule out any post-season play. However, she admitted things are much less certain now.
“We won’t know our status on State until the seeding committee meets on Sunday,” Allen said. “I am more than hopeful, we’ve been holding in the top 10. Probably after tonight we may drop to 12, but if they take what’s listed on MaxPreps right now, then we may go.”