Area volleyball teams set to begin district play

Lady Rattlers Desiree Brown and Ryanne Lopez block the dink by Lady Coyotes Rylee Key as her teammates Juliana Garcia and Rhianna Garcia move to defend the block. The Lady Rattlers won Saturday's game 3-1 at the Snake Pit.

Lady Rattlers Desiree Brown and Ryanne Lopez block the dink by Lady
Coyotes Rylee Key as her teammates Juliana Garcia and Rhianna Garcia move
to defend the block. The Lady Rattlers won Saturday’s game 3-1 at the Snake
Pit.

By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Wrtier

The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers volleyball team beat the San Jon Lady Coyotes in four sets Saturday at the Snake Pit.

The Lady Rattlers, 3-7, had a strong performance in the 25-10 final set against the Lady Coyotes, who’ve lost 10 of their 11 games this season.

The game was won by a serving ace by Lady Rattlers’ Cyann Armijo.

The Lady Rattlers had several games get out of their reach due to serving errors but showed progress in correcting this issue. In the earlier sets, Lady Rattler Alyssa Martinez served seven aces.

“We just have to back one another up,” Martinez said. “We have to continue to improve on our serving to seal the win and make sure not to give the other team easy points.”

Armijo said the team has to remember that it “can’t give up once we are down or lose a set.”

The Lady Rattlers played against the Texico Lady Wolverines on Tuesday; the score was unavailable at press time.

Texico will provide a good test for the Lady Rattlers before they begin their district schedule, said Lawrence Sena, Lady Rattlers head coach.

The Lady Coyotes forced the Lady Rattlers to play a fourth set by winning the third set, 25-23.

Throughout the entire game the Lady Coyotes had several kills by Rylee Key and defensive digs by Rhianna Garcia.

“The Lady Coyotes have the heart, want and desire to be winners,” said Tyra Moore, Lady Coyotes head coach.

Upcoming Game Times:
Tucumcari : 4:30 p.m., Oct. 8 against Santa Rosa at the Snake Pit
San Jon: 4:30 p.m.,  Saturday against Floyd at San Jon

On Saturday, the Logan Lady Longhorns will host the Melrose Lady Buffaloes, a team that has given them one of their two losses this season.

The Lady Longhorns, 12-2, defeated the Santa Rosa Lady Lions 3-0 on Saturday at Santa Rosa.

The Lady Buffaloes have only lost a single match thus far in the season. As chance would have it, that single loss was to the Lady Longhorns.

Game time 4:30 p.m., Saturday at Logan.

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