Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By Thomas Garcia
Staff writer 

Lady Rattlers to host Santa Rosa

Coach: The team has shown improvement despite weekend loss.


October 4, 2017

Thomas Garcia

Lady Rattlers middle hitter Jasmine Jones, right, goes up to block the tip over by the Raton Lady Tigers middle hitter during the Sept. 26 3-0 loss at Tucumcari.

The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers have a week to prepare for their first district 5 3A game against the Santa Rosa Lady Lions.

The Lady Rattlers (4-9) will host the Lady Lions (11-3) Oct. 12 at the Snake Pit.

"Everything we have been through has been preparing us for this," said Dana Benavidez, Lady Rattlers head coach.

Benavidez said despite a 3-1 loss on Saturday at Penasco, the Lady Rattlers have shown a lot of improvement. She said the team has been communicating to cover the gaps on defense and passing the ball better to set up the offense.

"We need to stop being scared" said Desiree Brown, Lady Rattler.

Brown said each of the girls needs to be confident and know they have the support and trust of their teammate. She said we have to trust they will make the play to set up the offense or defend the play.

"All we can do is practice on the fundamentals and make sure we are ready to play," Benavidez said. "We will focus on eliminating errors as we know against a team like Santa Rosa or any in our district an error can change the tide of a game."

The Logan Lady Longhorns will play the Fort Sumner Vixens Thursday in their second District 6-2A game.

The Lady Longhorns (12-2, 1-0) beat Mountainair 3-0 on Saturday for their first district win.

This will be the first district game for the Vixens (9-4).

The San Jon Lady Coyotes will play the Lady Bronchos (8-4, 2-1) to try and earn their first District 4-1A win at Grady.

The Lady Coyotes (4-9, 0-3) lost Saturday 3-1 to the Elida Lady Tigers.


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