By Leroy Chavez – Sports writer
RATON—The Lady Rams downed Raton’s junior varsity and Wagon Mound in straight 3-0 sets an are now primed to make a run at the District 1A volleyball tournament.
“We had an opportunity to play everyone and an opportunity to rest Selina (Rael), who is battling an aggressive flu,” said Lady Ram coach Alberta Martinez.
“Against Wagon Mound we played only our younger girls as Wagon Mound is trying to re-start their program.”
In Raton on Tuesday (Oct. 28) the Lady Rams handled the Tiger junior varsity without any problem. Cimarron was able to iron out wrinkles in the offense, then in the later stages of the match played the younger players.
“A lot of people got quality playing time this game,” Martinez said.
You never know when people are going to be called upon in key situations. Everyone needs to be ready to play—it also helps the program in the long run.”
On Thursday (Oct. 30), the Lady Rams, minus seniors, played Wagon Mound and easily swept the upstart Lady Trojans 3-0.
“In this match we played mostly freshmen and a few sophomores made up the team,” Martinez said.
“Any opportunity we get, we play our younger girls. On court experience is very, very important to any success we have in the future.”
The District 5A Volleyball tournament will start on Monday (Nov. 3) when the Lady Demons of Des Moines travel to Maxwell to battle the Lady Bears at 6:00 p.m. in the first round. The winner of the match will travel to Cimarron to play the Lady Rams on Wednesday (Nov. 5) at 6:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the District championship game to be played in Springer against the top-ranked Lady Red Devils at 2:00 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 7).
“It’s do-or-die now, keep winning and a state playoff berth is possible, but lose, and the season is over,” concluded Lady Ram coach Alberta Martinez.