Thursday, November 5, 2009

Socorro advances in district volleyball

By John Severance

SOCORRO – The Socorro girls volleyball team had its foot on the accelerator during its district matchup with Cobre. The Lady Warriors, though, let up on the gas pedal and it almost cost them but they still were able to advance by winning 25-17, 25-12 and 26-24.
Socorro will travel to Hot Springs on Nov. 5 in what amounts to a district semifinal and if it wins, it will travel to Hatch Valley on Nov. 7 for the district final.
In game three, the Lady Warriors led 18-8 and coach Marleen Greenwood made numerous substitutions to give all of her players some playoff experience. Cobre, though, got back into it and rattled off 10 straight points to tie it at 18.
“We lost our focus,” Greenwood said. “The good thing is that we did finish it.”
A big key for the Lady Warriors was playing at home. They won at Cobre in their final regular season game to earn a home playoff game.
“That was huge,” Greenwood said. “That is a 200-mile bus trip and that makes for a really long day so it was pivotal that we were home.”
And for the first two and one-half games, the Lady Warriors looked poised and relaxed as they powered past the Lady Indians.
Socorro was led by Roxanne Silva, who dominated inside and Cobre had no match for her.
“She can play like an an all-state player and she did tonight,” Greenwood said.
After the match, though, Silva admitted the Lady Warriors let up.
“Nothing really changed,” she said. “But we might have relaxed a little too much.”
Mag wins district
The Magdalena volleyball team got the wakeup call it needed during its last regular season match when it fell to Gallup Catholic at home.
On Oct. 31 at home, the Lady Steers swept past Temple Baptist and Menaul to claim the district championship. With the win, Magdalena will host Quemado in a first-round state matchup at 6 p.m. Friday.
“They kind of clicked and came together,” Magdalena coach Liz Olney said. “They got excited and became more confident.”
Magdalena and Quemado met twice during the regular season and Olney knows the Lady Steers are not taking the visitors lightly.
“The first time we played, we won in three at their place and then they came to our house and we won in five,” said Olney.

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