Remarkable Turnaround For Tiger Volleyball Despite Modest Record

By Tony A. Archuleta

HERALD Reporter

The Hot Springs varsity volleyball team’s season came to a close Thursday, Nov. 8, as they lost the District 3-3A Tournament semifinal match at Socorro.

The Warriors beat the Tigers 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17), advancing to play Silver in Saturday’s championship game. The Colts blanked the visiting Warriors and will be the lone team to represent the three-team district at the State Tournament.

“We came in flat,” Tigers head coach Robert Haro said of the match at Socorro. “The same thing that killed us all year – missed serves at the wrong time.”

In the first set, the teams were tied at 20-all, and it was either squad’s game for the taking. But two hitting errors gave the Warriors a two-point cushion and seemed to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

“They played well,” Haro said of his team. “We just didn’t get everyone involved in the game early enough. They (Socorro) play just like we do. We depend on our middle hitter like they depend on their middle hitter, and we gave up a lot of opportunities.”

Haro said that overall he’s satisfied with the season, and noted that the Tigers consistently put themselves in position to win games, and that the overall record of 5-14 could have potentially been five wins better.

“Hopefully we’ll get better next year,” he said, adding the 2013 team as it looks now will feature just one senior in middle hitter Mackenzie Greene, and lots of sophomores and juniors.

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