Friday, November 13, 2009

Lady Steers Advance To Final Eight At State Tourney

By John Severance
The Magdalena girls volleyball team swept into the state tournament by defeating Quemado Nov. 5 in three games.
The scores were 25-15, 25-13 25-18.
“We did a real good job,” Magdalena coach Liz Olney said. “We frustrated them on serving. Our hitting was not as strong, but serving scores points.”
And scoring points will be at a premium, beginning Nov. 12 when the Lady Steers will take part in pool play for the state tournament at Cleveland High School in Albuquerque. Joining Magdalena in Pool B will be Floyd, Grady and Tatum. Springer, Fort Sumner, Animas and Valley Christian will be in Pool A.
On Nov. 13, Magdalena will play a state quarterfinal game against a Pool A team at 3 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. If the Lady Steers win, the semifinals will be at 8 p.m. And the state championship will be played at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14.
“Serving should help us overcome our nerves at the beginning,” Olney said.
It’s also going to help that Magdalena will enter pool play before entering the single-elimination tournament.
When asked if Magdalena had faced any of the state tournament teams, Olney laughed and said: “Not a one. It’s still a big stage and I think all the teams are pretty evenly matched. They are all district champions. We just have to get through the mistakes and the nervousness.
“… The less we know the better. We have to control what we do.”

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