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Tough Match for Lady Tigers Thursday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The district title was on the line for the Lady Tigers Thursday evening as they hosted the Desert Academy Lady Wildcats but after five games the district title was still in limbo and will be determined Monday evening probably in Las Vegas at a neutral site.

The JV faired a bit better than the varsity Thursday evening but it took them three games to pull out the win. Raton took the first game very handily but lost the second game after Desert Academy took the lead after several ties. Raton finished off the tie breaker by taking the lead after the game was tied up to six. After that Raton took the lead and pulled it out for the win.

JV

Desert Academy   7  25    9

Raton                  25  19  15

Ginger Baird tips one back over the net during the JV match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Ginger Baird tips one back over the net during the JV match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

The varsity girls looking for a win to clinch the district title fell short in the first game as they simply couldn’t get things to gel and fell behind early on in game one. The ladies had trouble at the net as well with several blocks falling to the Lady Tiger side of the floor and missed spikes. Game two was a bit better as the Lady Tigers kept it close with the ballgame being tied several times before Raton pulled out the squeaker.

Game three found the Lady Wildcats wonder what happened as Raton took the early lead and simply powered through the game. This time it was Raton’s turn to get the spikes through the blocks to find the holes and send the blocked balls back over. Game four was a repeat of game three with the Lady Tigers taking an early lead and holding off the Lady Wildcats with strong play at the net. The back ladies made the passes to get it up front for the setters to set it up.

With the match tied at 2-2 it came down to the tie breaker. Raton started out the scoring but quickly fell behind by five. Wait what’s this? The Lady Tigers found a rhythm and began scoring against the Lady Wildcats and came to within one at 13-12. The crowd came alive with many of the Raton football boys leading the cheers but to no avail as the Lady Wildcats held on to win the tie breaker 15-13.

The district meeting will be held in Pecos on Sunday October 29, to determine the district playoff schedule. Raton will meet Desert Academy again on Monday October 30, to determine the district title. The winner of that match will host the district championship match probably on Friday.

Varsity

Desert Academy  25  25  13  18  15

Raton                   16  22  25  25  13

Jadyn Walton heads to the floor to get the ball but just cant get under it during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Jadyn Walton heads to the floor to get the ball but just cant get under it during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Camryn Mileta slams one over the net as Natalie Nathanson goes up for the block, a scene that played out several times during the 5 game match with Desert Academy Thursday evening.

Camryn Mileta slams one over the net as Natalie Nathanson goes up for the block, a scene that played out several times during the 5 game match with Desert Academy Thursday evening.

 

Natalie Nathanson gets the block on the spike from Kerrigan Weese Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Natalie Nathanson gets the block on the spike from Kerrigan Weese Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Michaela Glinsky stuffs the Autumn Archuleta spike back over the net, a problem the Lady Tigers ran into several times during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Michaela Glinsky stuffs the Autumn Archuleta spike back over the net, a problem the Lady Tigers ran into several times during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Kerrigan Weese and Natalie Nathanson meet at the net as Weese's ball gets tipped back at her during the Match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Kerrigan Weese and Natalie Nathanson meet at the net as Weese’s ball gets tipped back at her during the Match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Autumn Archuleta spikes the ball over the net with no opposition, a rarity during the district match Thursday evening.

Autumn Archuleta spikes the ball over the net with no opposition, a rarity during the district match Thursday evening.

 

Michaela Glinsky gets a hand on the ball from Autumn Archuleta, this one flies off to the right.

Michaela Glinsky gets a hand on the ball from Autumn Archuleta, this one flies off to the right.

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