Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lady Steers Finish 2nd In Tourney

By Polo C’ de Baca
For the Mountain Mail
MAGDALENA – The Lady Steers volleyball team finished runners-up in the annual Magdalena Invitational Tourna-ment last weekend, falling to Cobre in the finals.
Socorro’s varsity won the consolation championship and the Socorro JV showed spunk after filling in for Alamo who opted out at the last minute.
Socorro will host Magdalena at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Magdalena played well against Gateway and Carrizozo but faltered against Cobre. Earlier in pool play against Cobre each team had a win.
In the first game of the finals Cobre led early but Magdalena closed the gap and trailed 19-17. Cobre went on a five-point run before Magdalena got possession and served into the net and Cobre won 25-18. The second game was the most competitive. The teams were tied 10-10 then Magdalena jumped ahead 15-10 then 21-13. Cobre rallied to win 26-24.
In the third game the teams were tied at 10 when Cobre scored 13 consecutive points to lead 23-10 and win 25-11.
The classy Lady Steers accepted the second place trophy with dignity. It was just one of those rare awful nights that will inspire and motivate the always resilient Lady Steers.
Nicole Hardy of Magdalena and Chantilly Gallegos of Socorro made the All-Tournament Team.
Socorro varsity coach Marleen Greenwood spoke enthusiastically about the JV team.
Greenwood said that the varsity’s loss to Cobre in the first round was probably due to fatigue. She said she claimed responsibility for the loss because she’d failed to get her girls in shape.
“They just couldn’t jump toward the end of that match so I’ve got to do a better job in practice of getting them in game shape,” Greenwood said.

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