Peñasco volleyball, Taos soccer, and Lady Tigers volleyball
The Lady Panthers volleyball team began the month of October with a pair of back-to-back matches against the Monte del Sol (Santa Fe) Lady Dragons Monday (Oct. 1) and the Mora Rangerettes on Tuesday (Oct. 2).
The Lady Panthers won easily on the road against the Lady Dragons, 3-0, in what turned out to be the final pre-district match of the season.
Peñasco began its district season at home against Mora - losing 3-2 to an improved Rangerette team who seemed poised to sweep the match when Mora jumped out to a 2-0 set advantage. Both stanzas were close, with Mora winning 25-21 and 25-22.
A resilient Peñasco squad bounced back and easily won the next two sets, 25-14 and 25-13 to even the match and force a fifth set. Momentum shifted back to the Rangerettes; however, as Mora finished with the 15-11 victory.
Next for Peñasco (5-4, 0-1) is another home district game against the Coronado (Gallina) Lady Leopards (6-1 overall) game today (Oct. 4). This will be followed by five straight road games before rounding out the month and the regular season at home.
All varsity games begin at 6 p.m.
The Taos Tigers rebounded from a 4-0 loss at the hands of the Santa Fe High School Demons Sept. 18 to win two straight games, beating the St. Michael's Horsemen Sept. 20 and the Hatch Valley Bears Sept. 29.
Against the Horsemen at home at Taos Eco Park, the Tigers scored a goal in each half to win 2-0. It was Taos' smothering defense that stifled St. Mike's forwards and midfielders, a recipe that has helped propel them to their impressive overall start.
The neutral-site match played in Rio Rancho against Hatch Valley saw the Tigers fall behind early off two goals from Bears' senior Brandon Zavala. Taos maintained its lines and wore down Hatch's eighth-grade goalkeeper Eduardo Moreno, scoring 3 points in the second period for the win.
The team will be in action this coming weekend as they travel to Las Vegas to take on the Robertson Cardinals Saturday (Oct. 6). Still considered a rivalry, the nonconference game between the two former District 2-4A foes is the second time these two teams meet in 2018. The Tigers beat Robertson in the first game of the season at the Sangre de Cristo Invitational tournament in Taos Aug. 31. The Saturday game begins at 11:30 a.m.
Taos begins league play against the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at home Tuesday (Oct. 9). Due to realignment and reclassification, the Tigers and Hilltoppers find themselves in the same district again and could eventually battle for the top spot.
Game time is 4 p.m., followed by varsity girls at 6 p.m.
Lady Tigers Volleyball
Since going 1-2 at the Tournament of Champions in Santa Fe Sept. 14-15, the Lady Tigers have won three straight road games.
For coach Anita Rodriguez and company, the multiple away games - and the normal fatigue factors that accompany teams that must travel - have not affected the team so far. The Lady Tigers routed the West Las Vegas Lady Dons 3-0 Sept. 18 before winning convincingly in Raton, 3-0 Sept. 25. The most recent victory was another 3-0 skunk over the Shiprock Lady Chieftains Sept. 28.
All told, the Lady Tigers have tallied over 900 miles, but are 7-3 in September.
Next up for Taos is the start of the District 2-4A season with a home match against the Pojoaque Elkettes today (Oct. 4). All varsity games begin at 6 p.m.
In honor of breast cancer awaremess month, teams will don pink game uniforms and accessories throughout the month of October.
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