Improving Raton Lady Tigers drop competitive match against AAAAA Espanola Valley

By Leroy Chavez Sports writer

By Leroy Chavez Sports writer

RATON—The Lady Tigers volleyball team ended a tough week with a very valiant effort against Class AAAAA Espanola Valley High School before dropping a 3-1 verdict to the Lady Sun Devils.

Espanola started the match with a 25-21 win then had to hold off a determined effort, highlighted by some long volleys by the Lady Tigers, to escape with a 27-25 win in game two. Despite the tough loss in game two, the Lady Tigers regrouped and in another long game, came out on top 26-24. Raton was not able to keep up the intensity in the fourth game falling 25-15 to give Espanola the 3-1 victory.

Coach Tamara Johnson noted, “the team has been working on their hits and passes as well as blocking at the net.”

The work paid off as Kristina Jansen and Alina Johnson had several blocks at the net.

In the junior varsity match, the young Lady Tigers lost 2-1 to the Lady Sun Devils. Espanola won game one 25-13, while Raton bounced back to claim game two 25-23. The Sun Devils sealed the deal with 15-11 win in game three.

On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers faced one of the top teams in Class AAAA and former district foe West Las Vegas.

The Lady Dons feature a rock solid team that is deep in talent all the way down to the lower grades and the results showed.

The Lady Dons stared out slow in game one, but pulled away to win the initial contest 25-13. After that they went on a roll winning game two 25-6 and game three 25-12.

In the junior varsity game, both squads played close games, but West Las Vegas prevailed 25-22 and 25-23.

Coach Johnson gave kudos to Ivy Fernandez whose service game gave the Lady Dons fits, especially in the first contest. That set the tone for the two competitive games. West Las Vegas just had better depth.

In the C-team contest, a more veteran West Las Vegas team downed Raton 25-17 and 25-12.

The Lady Tigers are making strides in all areas, but the schedule has been extremely tough and continues to get tougher in the coming weeks before district action.

On Thursday (Sept. 11), the Lady Dons hit the road to Las Vegas to battle the West Las Vegas on the Lady Dons home court. The first match is slated to start at 6:00 P.M.

Then on Friday (Sept. 12), The Lady Tigers will host La Veta at home in a contest rescheduled for 3:00 P.M.. The match was moved up in an effort to finish before the Raton-McCurdy football game scheduled for 7:00 P.M.