The Peñasco girls volleyball team split a pair of matches against the likes of Cuba and Monte del Sol Charter before they started district play on Monday (Oct. 1) at Mora.
On Thursday (Sep. 24), the Lady Panthers were able to garner a win in four sets against Cuba at home.
But it wasn't smooth sailing at first. Peñasco fell behind early in the first set but after a timeout, the team was able to recollect and start to play to its potential, head coach Maxine Abeyta said in an email to the Taos News. But that didn't matter much, as Cuba was able to slide by with a 25-23 win in the first set.
The Lady Panthers, however, weren't deterred by their sluggish start and were able to sweep the next three sets 25-18, 25-12 and 25-14.
Abeyta credited her team and said that they had a sense of fight in them that hasn't really shown all season until their match with Cuba.
"The attitude was that which hasn't been seen most of the season," Abeyta said in an email.
After the Lady Panthers win against Cuba, it fell to Monte del Sol Charter on Monday (Sep. 30). They were without Carly Gonzales, a senior and leader on the Peñasco squad, as she had a college class to attend.
Although Peñasco lost its match in four sets to Monte del Sol Charter, the team kept the score relatively close throughout. The Lady Panthers dropped the first set 25-20, but were able to recollect themselves and pull through for a second set victory, 26-24.
But in the third and fourth sets, Monte del Sol Charter proved that it can play just as hard - if not harder - than Penasco did. The third set was 29-27 and the fourth set finished with a score of 25-22, both in favor of Monte del Sol Charter, ultimately giving them the match win over the Lady Panthers.
Despite the loss, Abeyta said she can see fight in her team - it's just that it needs to show up at the start of district play.
"Scores show that Peñasco is capable of playing well, we just need to get over that hump and finish," Abeyta said. "Killer instinct seems to be lacking right now - hope it shows up during district play."
The Lady Panthers are set to start district play on Oct. 1 when they face Mora on the road - results will not be available by press time.
"Come Oct. 1, our record is 0-0. We're going to have to work hard in order to be top in our district," Abeyta said.
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