Winner Plays at Silver for District Crown
By Tony A. Archuleta
The Hot Springs varsity volleyball team snapped a nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Tiger Gym, outlasting Socorro 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13).
The Tigers needed to win the District 3-3A regular season finale to keep pace with the Warriors who earlier beat visiting Hot Springs also in five sets.
Because Hot Spring and Socorro split their regular season matches, and because both lost to Silver by the same match scores they ended up in a second place tie.
Going to the next tiebreaker, the total amount of points during the teams’ two matches were counted, and Socorro outscored the Hot Springs 213-203.
That means the Warriors will host Thursday’s, Nov. 8, District Tournament semifinal match starting at 6 o’clock.
Thursday’s winner travels to Silver City on Saturday, Nov. 10, to face regular season district champ Silver (16-3 overall, 4-0 district). Match time is 2 p.m.
With a 9-11 record overall and a 1-3 league record, Socorro might still have hopes of making the 12-team state volleyball tournament as an at-large selection. But like Hot Springs (5-13, 1-3), Socorro’s immediate goal is to win Thursday night and try to score a major upset in Saturday’s title match at Silver.
During last Thursday’s match in Socorro, the Warriors put up an impressive fight before Silver prevailed 3-1 (26-28, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21).
It was a remarkable showing on Socorro’s part, considering their tough loss at HSHS two days earlier.
Against Socorro, Hot Springs was looking to win the match in three or four sets and earn the right to host the district tournament semifinal, but after dropping the first set, just winning the match became a matter of the utmost urgency.
“We had to win in four, we just couldn’t do it,” Tigers head coach Robert Haro said. “In the fifth game, they got ahead 8-7 and we finally buckled down and ran a string of points and beat them.”