Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By Thomas Garcia
Staff Writer 

Lady Rattlers work toward error-free game

They will play Dexter on Thursday.


September 13, 2017

Thomas Garcia

Tucumcari Lady Rattlers coach Dana Benavidez works on passing and digging drills with members of the junior varsity, varsity teams during Monday's practice.

The Tucumcari Lady Rattlers continue to work on finding the right rotation for their personnel while focusing on eliminating unforced errors, said Dana Benavidez, head coach.

"We simply cannot continue to give away points or stall our offensive drives with errors," Benavidez said.

The Lady Rattlers (1-6) lost their last game 3-0 to the Lady Longhorns Thursday at Logan.

"The girls played a great game, despite what the set score shows," Benavidez said.

Benavidez said the team is aware of how costly errors have been early this season. She said the girls are committed to fixing, learning from this experience as they work towards preparing for a strong district competition.

"Our defense continues to work on coverage,

Benavidez said. "That will be needed when we play Dexter on Thursday and San Jon at home on Saturday."


The Lady Longhorns (8-1) continue to show improvement from their win over Tucumcari and a consolation championship this weekend at the Lady Vixen tournament at Fort Sumner, said Robert Young, Logan head coach.

"The team's communication and passing have improved greatly over the past week," Young said.

Young said passing has been an issue that has limited the offense's ability to set up plays to score. He said that combined with small mental errors, including serving into the net, has given opponents opportunities in critical sets.

"The girls are working on following through and finishing a match strong when they pull away with a lead," Young said. "In matches these past two weeks, the girls lost leads by giving points to teams through errors."

Young said the girls have an opportunity Friday and Saturday to play against several skilled teams at the Cimmarron tournament. He said the girls know the games will only continue to get harder as the season moves along.

San Jon

The Lady Coyotes (3-5) got a wake up call on Sept. 7 at Springer, losing in three sets to the Lady Devils prompting an urge that they need to take their game up to the next level, said Jaree Elliott, San Jon head coach.

"The team got a little over confident early this season, that may have made them lose focus on the ultimate goal of improving every week," Elliott said.

Elliott said the loss to Springer renewed the teams conviction to want to improve and work every moment to obtain that goal. She said their upcoming games Thursday at Hondo Valley and Saturday at Tucumcari will be great contest for them to continue learning.

"Beating Hondo Valley will be redemption for the Lady Coyotes," Elliott said. "Tucumcari, we got a win at their home tournament, the team knows they will be gunning for (us)."


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