State Tournament Selection Committee Pulls Monday Reversal
By Tony A. Archuleta
The Hot Springs varsity volleyball team last week pulled off its first win against Cobre since 2010, and the timing was (nearly) superb.
The District 3-4A Tournament second-round game at Cobre on Tuesday, Nov. 4, had major State Tournament implications, and it was the Tigers who prevailed against a Lady Indians team that had swept HSHS during the regular season.
The Tigers’ 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-7) win over Cobre initially earned HSHS a No. 12 seed in this week’s 2014 Volleyball State Tournament in Albuquerque/Rio Rancho.
The Tigers (13-9 overall, 4-7 district) traveled to Hatch Valley on Thursday, Nov. 6, for a tournament semifinal match-up against the Lady Bears, and while Hot Springs lost, they played the Bears well enough to warrant further consideration as a state tournament at-large selection.
The Tigers, it was announced on the New Mexico Activities Association’s website on Sunday, Nov. 9, were scheduled to start out the state tournament with pool play at 8 a.m., at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on Thursday, Nov. 18.
It was to be a challenging Pool A also featuring No. 1 seed Ruidoso, No. 8 Portales and No. 12 Hot Springs.
But no more, as the NMAA on Monday afternoon made an unprecedented reversal, kicking HSHS out of the tournament and adding Shiprock.
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