Questa volleyball has an updated schedule for the fall 2020 season.
The Lady Cats will begin with a match on the road against Cimarrón on Oct. 10, before facing Springer twice – once on the road and then at home. The first home match is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. against the Red Devils.
On Saturday (Oct. 24), Questa will again face Cimarrón – making its first four games against just two opponents.
Questa head coach Diane León said that new athletic coordinator Bill MacDonald had put the schedule together about a month ago, which she also helped with.
But, she said, "due to changes in [New Mexico Activities Association] guidance and condensing of the season we also needed to take what games we could get."
MacDonald, who is new to the job, didn't respond to request for comment as of press time (Sept. 14) but León said that he created an entire schedule out of nothing - something she commended him for.
Questa will face its third opponent of the season in its fifth match when the team faces Monte Del Sol on Oct. 27.
The Lady Cats will also face Des Moines – a 1A school – Escalante, Mora, Mesa Vista, McCurdy and Peñasco at different points throughout the season.
Much like Peñasco and Questa – and at the recommendation of NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez – the Lady Cats kept their schedule regional when they could. Most matches are in Northern New Mexico.
Practices for fall sports tentatively began on Monday (Sept. 14), said the NMAA, but that's a loose term as teams, so far, have been allowed to complete organized workouts.
León said that those who are going to play volleyball this upcoming season are meeting on Monday (Sept. 21), and that practices will start to get underway "in the next week or so before the official start of the season."
More than anything, León is happy to have the schedule completed even though by now her squad should have been more than halfway through the season and prepping for district play.
"It feels great to have the schedule completed as we get closer to the season opening up," León said. "By this time under normal circumstances we are already competing and prepping for district play."
She said that the number of matches in the season is relatively similar to those in the past, though in a condensed format this time around.
"We are still playing a near full schedule but in a condensed season so often we will have three games per week," León said. "It will be tough but we are looking forward to it."
While fall sports like football and soccer won't get a start until the spring season, volleyball, cross-country and golf can all begin starting Oct. 5 after the NMAA made changes to the fall sports calendar in July - just days after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had said that contact sports such as football and soccer "would not be permitted."
A full preview on Questa volleyball from Taos News will come closer to the start of the season.