Taos volleyball loses against Pojoaque Valley and Capital
After splitting a pair of wins in Portales for the Peyton Chavez Tournament, Taos girls volleyball has lost two straight matches against Pojoaque Valley - a district opponent - and Capital.
On Thursday (Oct. 3), the Lady Tigers dropped all three sets to Pojoaque Valley: 13-25, 14-25 and 17-25. The Elkettes are 10-4 and 2-0 in 4A district 2 play and sit at the top of the district, according to MaxPreps.
The Lady Tigers also dropped a nondistrict match against Capital, a 5A opponent, on Saturday (Oct. 5) at home. They again lost this match in straight sets: 15-25, 12-25, 12-25.
Taos has another match on Tuesday (Oct. 8) against district opponent Moriarty. As of press time, the Lady Tigers hold a 7-6 record overall and 0-1 in district play.
Peñasco volleyball splits first two district matches
Peñasco girls volleyball once again split a pair of its matches in its most recent appearances. This time, though, both matches were in district play against the likes of Mora and Coronado.
On Oct. 1 at Mora--the team's first district match this season--the Lady Panthers won in four sets, winning the first two and the last. Peñasco won the first set, 25-16, the second set, 25-22 and the final set, 25-17. The Lady Panthers dropped the third set, 17-25.
Peñasco volleyball head coach Maxine Abeyta said that her team played to its full ability against Mora.
"I had been waiting all season to see them play at a higher level," Abeyta said in an email to the Taos News. "They were upbeat, never let up, enjoyed themselves and had fun."
At home against Coronado on Oct. 3, Peñasco was able to secure a 25-19 first set victory, but dropped the final three sets - and the match - to the Lady Leopards.
Coronado is still undefeated this season and Abeyta still believed her team did the best with what they had. Carly Gonzales, a key player for the Lady Panthers, was out all week and in stepped Naomi Snake and Martina Tafoya during the match against Coronado.
Abeyta said her team was ahead in every set and that they "played well" but she also gave kudos to the discipline of Coronado.
"The team effort was there, but Coronado has great self-discipline and they were victorious in the end," Abeyta said.
Peñasco volleyball holds a record of 7-5 and 1-1 in district play and, as of press time, was slated to face Mesa Vista on Oct. 8 at home.
Peñasco cross-country participates in John Grimley Invite
The Peñasco cross-country squad participated in the John Grimley Invite on Saturday (Oct. 5) at San Felipe Pueblo, and placed eighth in the women's varsity race, while the men's squad placed 24th, respectively.
However, in the 3-mile run, the highest placer for the girls varsity squad was Charnelle Gonzales, who had a final time of 21:59.33. She finished 34th overall.
On the boys varsity squad, Gilbert Valdez finished the 3-mile run with a time of 19:18.9.
The Panthers have another meet coming up - the Río Rancho Jamboree on Oct. 19.