By Tony A. Archuleta
One volleyball team and two prominent football teams locally and regionally started out an eye-catching, dazzling even, 2-0.
The New Mexico Aggie State football team jumped out to a surprising 2-0 with home and away wins over the Cal Poly Mustangs and Georgia State Panthers. A two-game winning streak, plus the next two games against two main rivals, UTEP (1-1) and New Mexico (0-2), means Las Cruces college football fans are getting excited about their gridiron Aggies again.
Closer to home, third-year Hot Springs Football Head Coach Daniel Terrazas and his Tigers are also occupying some of that rarified 2-0 air.
Then there’s Robert Haro’s Hot Springs varsity volleyball team, sporting a two-game winning streak as it got set Tuesday night (Sept. 9) to host visiting Lordsburg at Tiger Gym (6 p.m.).
Last week the Tigers not only won the program’s first season opener since 2009, outlasting Mesilla Valley Christian 3-2 (24-26, 25-18, 12-25, 25-23, 15-10), they took their winning ways to Tularosa and swept the Lady Wildcats 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-21).
The coaches of the aforementioned teams will quickly tell you a 2-0 start is exciting for players and fans alike, but it’s important to keep in mind it’s just that, a start.
Early season or not, it’s thrill time in Tigerland indeed as the HSHS football team, winners at Tularosa and Questa, are taking advantage of a two-week practice window to get ready for Lordsburg in the home opener Sept. 19, at Tiger Stadium.
This week, it’s all Tiger volleyball, with the team taking the floor Tuesday evening against Lordsburg.
HSHS was looking to go 3-0 – and matching last season’s three-win mark (3-18 overall).
Last week, the line of conversation revolved around how tough it can be to snap a losing streak.
This week, it’s about staying greedy in a positive way, and continuing to chase those flashy W’s.
It was more grit that glitz, however, against a pair of programs – Mesilla Valley Christian and Tularosa – that have mostly owned Hot Springs in recent years.
Enough is enough. No more, the Tigers loudly proclaimed in week one.
“They’re playing as a team and they’re not letting mistakes get them down,” Haro said Monday. “They like winning, and I hope this becomes a habit.”
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