It was an exciting and loud Monday evening in the Questa Mini-Pit Sept. 9. The fans on both sides cheered bountifully for their volleyball teams, resulting in a …
It was an exciting and loud Monday evening in the Questa Mini-Pit Sept. 9. The fans on both sides cheered bountifully for their volleyball teams, resulting in a space where a person had to yell to be heard.
In this energetic environment, the Questa Ladycats and the Cimarrón Lady Rams alternatively dominated the court. The match went a full five games after Cimarrón and Questa took turns winning games.
The first game went to Cimarrón 25-17.
The Ladycats wasted no time tying up the match, winning the next game 25-13.
It was Cimarrón's turn to come out on top, and they did: 25-18.
Questa could have let them keep the momentum and slid into defeat, but they didn't. Instead they spent most of the game 10 points ahead and finished it the same way, winning 25-15.
This forced a fifth game to 15 points. For the first five points, the Ladycats were unstoppable. It seemed they were riding a wind that would carry them as far as they needed to go. Cimarrón hadn't given up, however, and soon answered with a push of their own. The two sides swapped surges, and Cimarrón just happened to be riding the wave when they reached 15 and hence won the final game 15-13 and the match 3-2.
Questa scored a total of 98 points to Cimarrón's 93.
Though the Ladycats were down several times, they didn't give up even when they didn't have the momentum - and that's a victory in its own right.
"We're either on our highest highs or our lowest lows. I consider the fact that they didn't give up there at the end when we were down, that's a win," said head coach Diane León.
In the locker room she commended the players, "For their attitudes, for being able to keep that up because, you know, sometimes once you go down, you stay down."
It's a significant strength for a team to be able to maintain their focus and faith even when they're not winning points in a game where the winds change quickly and often.
"In the game of volleyball," León said, "it's usually one of those things where when you're on fire you're on fire, and when you're not, all the mistakes just keep adding up."
To prevent that, the team is refining their positioning of players and consciously giving attention to teamwork.
"If we can get them to work together every single play, then it will all work out," León said.
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