Tucumcari High School’s Saturday volleyball game against Clayton was not the game it should have been according to head coach Alicia Trujillo as Tucumcari lost 20-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21.
The Tucumcari head coach said she had expected a much higher quality of play from her girls.
“We just weren’t here,” said Trujillo about the Rattler play against Clayton at the Tucumcari Elementary School Gymnasium on Saturday. “I don’t know where we were, but we weren’t here.”
Trujillo said she had seen a great deal of improvement in recent contests and especially at the Roy Tournament the Saturday before where the Rattlers had taken third place.
“This wasn’t the same team that played at Roy, not at all,” said Trujillo.
The Tucumcari head coach said she had expected her girls to pick up where they had left off at the Roy Tournament both in quality of play and intensity. Clayton coach Julian Guiterrez said he was impressed with the play of the Rattlers on Saturday. “This is a much better team than we saw last year,” said Guiterrez of the Tucumcari volleyball team. “They’ve really improved over the last year.”
In fact, Guiterrez said the solid play of Tucumcari somewhat disoriented his girls a bit early on before they could regain their composure. “That really did knock us off balance,” said the Clayton coach. “It took us a game or two to get it back.”
One of the most effective tools the Jackettes had in their conquest of Tucumcari was the serve. On four different occasions, Clayton servers managed to have runs of over five straight service points without a break by Tucumcari.
When the breaks did come they often came from the net as Tucumcari players consistently were a force to reckon with on the net.
Tucumcari will travel to Melrose on Saturday.