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Spikers looking to shake off early struggles


August 30, 2017

Thomas Garcia

Logan Lady Longhorns Kylee Foote back left prepares to go for the kill point during Saturday's championship match against Floyd.

Two area high school volleyball teams are working shake off their opening week struggles while one prepares to start the season.

The San Jon Lady Coyotes will start their season Thursday with a home opener against the Vaughn Lady Eagles.

The team has grown so much since last season, mentally and physically, said Head coach Jaree Elliott.

Elliott said through the summer and start of practice the Lady Coyotes have been hard at work to improve themselves. She said the once green and young players have a season under their belt and confidence from their experiences.

The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers will host their annual tournament Friday and Saturday at the Snake Pit.

The Lady Rattlers have been working on their defensive foot work as well as their passing on offense, said Dana Benavidez, head coach.

The Lady Rattlers 0-2, have dropped two road games to the Fort Sumner/House Lady Vixens and Melrose Lady Buffaloes.

Benavidez said the tournament will give the Lady Rattlers a chance to see several styles of play from teams regionally and across the state. She said the team is adjusting to the loss of two starters from last years rotation but is doing well filling those spots.

The Logan Lady Longhorns will be competing at the Tucumcari invite, following the second place finish at their tournament Saturday.

The Lady Longhorns 1-1 lost in three sets to the Floyd Lady Broncos in the championship match.

Service errors, missed passes were the two areas that hurt the team the most, said Robert Young, Lady Longhorns head coach.

Young said the Lady Longhorns played well throughout the tournament against opponents like Springer. He said there were times in the championship match the Lady Longhorns took the lead only to lose it to errors.

Defense, heart and focus were the keys to the Lady Broncos victory, said Dawn Kuchta, Floyd head coach.

Kutcha said the win for the Lady Broncos, which gave the team its first 3-0 start since 2012, will help to build the team's confidence. She said the team is part of District 4-1A that includes the 1A state champion Elida Lady Tigers and runner-up Melrose Lady Buffaloes.

Kutcha said the team has a lot of promise that includes having no seniors. She said normally that might be an issue, but this is a perk as the girls continue to learn and work together as the season progresses even next year.


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