By Tony A. Archuleta
Anyone who has ever participated in any sport or activity on a competitive level knows what a losing streak can feel like.
They come in all forms. Sometimes it’s a football home opener that you haven’t been able to win two or three years and counting. Maybe it’s a game of online chess, or a series of them, where no matter how well you position your pieces, all the winning lines are closed off with confounding regularity.
Sometimes that key “first win” turns a season in the right direction, maybe even an entire program.
Such was the case Tuesday night, Sept. 2, when the Hot Springs varsity volleyball team, hosting Mesilla Valley Christian, was aiming to win its season opening game for the first time since 2009 when Hot Springs prevailed at Hope Christian.
Last season (2013), the Tigers lost at Tularosa in three straight sets and went on a five-game slide before winning their fist match at Lordsburg on the way to a 3-18 season record.
In 2012, it was a straight-sets loss to visiting Hope Christian that, followed by a tough loss at Tularosa, seemed to set the tone for a 5-14 campaign.
In 2011, a 3-0 loss at Hope Christian spelled another tough year at 3-17. The same goes for 2010, when two initial loses to Hope Christian and Tularosa led to a less than stellar year at 9-13.
Those seasons stand in sharp contrast to 2005 when the team started out 5-0 on its way to an 18-3 season.
With the exception of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when Brandi Cox was head coach, Robert Haro has been the man in charge.
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