Peñasco Lady Panthers pulled off three wins at Cimarrón tournament

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 9/19/19

Peñasco Lady Panthers headed to the Cimarrón tournament Sept. 14 and pulled down three wins. "The Cimarrón tournament was the first tournament the seniors have …

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Peñasco Lady Panthers pulled off three wins at Cimarrón tournament

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Peñasco Lady Panthers headed to the Cimarrón tournament Sept. 14 and pulled down three wins.

"The Cimarrón tournament was the first tournament the seniors have played in since they were freshmen," said coach Maxine Abeyta in an email update. "Tournaments weren't scheduled because they ran cross-country on Saturdays. This year we got in regardless of who could attend."

It is one of the challenges of a small rural school where the limited number of athletes means some of them participate in two or more sports in the same season

Abeyta said the entire team participated on Friday (Sept. 13) and it was a great showing. Their first game was up against eventual tournament champions, Dora High School.

"They beat us in three sets, but that does no justice for how well the girls played. Our first game started at 3:45 p.m. and we were playing Dora at 9:30 p.m. Given how exhausted the girls were, they never gave up," she said.

According to Abeyta, Leandra Romero had 21 assists. Ariana MacAuley added 4 kills and 1 block while Adrianna Tafoya contributed 3 kills, 4 dinks and 2 aces. Jennifer Aguilar had 6 kills and 2 dinks, Maricela MacAuley provided 6 kills and 2 dinks, and Naomi Snake added 3 blocks and 2 kills. "Alexandria Sandoval, who is the most unselfish athlete on the court, had plenty of touches as libero," Abeyta said.

(BOX)

Dora 25 25 25

Peñasco 17 23 16

Saturday started with some sleepy players who had arrived back to Peñasco at 1 a.m. and had to leave again at 6 a.m. to make it back to the tournament. The team was also down four girls. "The JV kids stepped it up though and helped the remaining varsity girls," Abeyta added.

Springer forfeited the first set, giving Peñasco a 25-0 win. The Lady Panthers beat the Red Devils 25-13, 25-16. "Natasha Snake took the reins as setter on Saturday and played well. Nerves took their toll but she shook them off and did an awesome job," said Abeyta. Her sister Naomi, had four kills. Martina Tafoya had six pass assists.

(BOX)

Peñasco 25, 25, 25

Red Devils 0, 13, 16

Peñasco played the Rams for the consolation prize in the tournament. "We knew what we were up against with Cimarrón having played them prior. It went down to the wire going five sets, and it was a good experience for us," Abeyta said.

Adrianna Tafoya was named to the All-Tournament Team for Peñasco in a vote by coaches.

(BOX)

Consolation Game vs. Cimarrón

Peñasco 19 25 21 25 15

Cimarrón 25 16 25 23 10.

The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play McCurdy after this section went to press.

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