Longhorns take match from Rattlers

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It took the Logan Longhorns five games to defeat Tucumcari in Volleyball Saturday evening, but when they headed east on U.S. 54 they were a happy group.

They had won 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-13 and 15-11 in the tie breaker.

Early on it looked as if it would be all Tucumcari as they took the first two games behind the solid net play of players like junior Jamie Jones. As an omen of what was to come, however, in both of the first two games, the Rattlers had to come from behind to pull off each win. In the first game, the Rattlers were down 22-16 before putting on a winning run to rescue the game. In the second game, the comeback was smaller, but it was just as necessary for the Rattler win.

“We played some good volleyball in those first two games,” said Rattler Head Volleyball Coach Alicia Trujillo about Saturday’s match against their U.S. 54 rival. “We had some pretty good points, but we are so inconsistent, it hurt us pretty badly.” Trujillo pointed to the teams’ emotional flatness even after leading two game to none.
“We had the momentum and didn’t take advantage of it,” said Trujillo about the match. “They don’t know yet how to put a team away when they’ve got them down.”

On her part, Logan coach Jenna Rogers said she was impressed with the play of her volleyball team which came back from the two game deficit to win the match.
“They’re young, but they’ve got the desire to win,” said Rogers about the Logan squad. “They made some mistakes but they overcame them. I’m impressed with them. I saw a lot of improvement out on that court.”
One of the young Logan players who showed maturity for her coach and the crowd at the Tucumcari Elementary School Gymnasium was Sophomore Bretta Smith who had a seven-point serving run in the third game and a ten-point serving run in the fourth game. In both cases her serves effectively put the game out of Tucumcari’s reach.

Conversely, Trujillo said one of the weaknesses of the Rattler squad was their inability to hold their serve.
“And with rally scoring, that counts against you,” said Trujillo. “You can believe we’ve been working on serving.”