In their first official outing of the season Tuesday evening at the Tucumcari Elementary School Gymnasium, the Tucumcari High School Volleyball Squad was not where head coach Alicia Trujillo wanted them to be even this early in the season in their game against the Floyd Broncos.
“We did not play well,” said Trujillo as she looked back on the evening’s three games in which the Rattlers lost 25-16, 25-9, 25-23. “We did not play well at all.” The Rattler head coach said she was indeed surprised at the poor level of play by her girls because over the weekend in a scrimmage in Logan the Tucumcari girls look much better than the team that went on the floor Tuesday. “Let me you, this was not the same team that played in Logan,” said Trujillo. “In Logan we played well. There was no similarity between that and this.”
Trujillo suggested that possibly the inexperience of the young team had an effect on the play Tuesday. “Maybe it was because it was the first game of the season and they are young, I don’t know.
The first two games, the Rattlers were clearly dominated by the Broncos as the Floyd team won 25-16 and 25-9.
It was not until late in the final game that the Tucumcari girls seemed to find their game. Despite being down by as much as 11 in the game the Rattler’s refused to give up and scratched their way back to a 23-23 tie, but that was all the points the Girls from Tucumcari were to get. Trujillo said that while she did see some moments in the final game of the three, she felt it was too little too late. “They can’t start playing in the last game,” said Trujillo. “That’s just too late.”
Bronco’s coach Sean Wooton felt his team came through their first test well doing basically what he wanted them to do. “I think we played well for the first game of the season,” said Wooton. “We performed the fundamentals well. That’s what we needed to do.”