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Lady Wildcats Take Home the District Title

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The District 3AAA Volleyball Tournament Championship match on November 3rd was the fourth time the Raton Lady Tigers and the Desert Academy Lady Wildcats met this season.  Earlier, Raton beat Desert Academy on October 30th in a tie breaker for the regular season district title giving Raton the right to host the Championship game

The Raton girls came into the match with a 6-1 district record while Desert Academy had a 5-2 district record. With the win from Monday fresh in their minds, the Lady Tigers came out strong and quickly gained a 10-point lead before the bottom fell out of the game. The blocks began to fall on the wrong side of the net and as Coach Tina Dorrance noted Raton had a few errors that cost them. By the time game one came to an end, Desert Academy had not only come from behind but won the game in overtime 26-24.

Game two saw the Lady Wildcats pull out early and gain a six point lead. The Lady Tigers late in the game battled back and came to within one but simply couldn’t make things gel and push it over. Game two ended with another Lady Wildcat win 25-21.

Game three took a turn for the Lady Tigers with blocks by Autumn Archuleta, Camryn Mileta, Halle Medina and Kerrigan Weese, making it over the net to the Wildcat side. The spikes by hitters Archuleta,  Mileta, Camryn Stoecker and Jadyn Walton were finding the holes in the Lady Wildcat defense. The game stayed close with tie scores at 12, 14, 15 and finally 19 before Raton fought to pickup the win 25-22.

Game four followed the same pattern as game two with the Lady Tigers falling behind but staying in the battle. Down by as many as eight points at 18-10. The Lady Tigers found a groove and started scoring but lost the game at 25-22.

The Lady Tigers struggled against Desert Academy at home loosing both matches, but bested Desert Academy on their home court to win on the road as they bested Desert Academy.  Coach Tina Dorrance noted it wasn’t the way we wanted, but the girls will go on to state and they can look forward to that.

Pool play will begin on Thursday November 9, 2017 setting the final bracket for the state tourney.

 

The Raton Lady Tigers came out of the Regular Season as District Champs they couldn't hold off the Desert Academy Lady Wildcats for a fourth time for the District Championship Friday night in Tiger Gym.

The Raton Lady Tigers came out of the Regular Season as District Champs they couldn’t hold off the Desert Academy Lady Wildcats for a fourth time for the District Championship Friday night in Tiger Gym.

 

Autumn Archuleta goes up for the spike during Game one of the District Tourney Match Friday night inTiger Gym.

Autumn Archuleta goes up for the spike during Game one of the District Tourney Match Friday night inTiger Gym.

 

Michaela Glinsky (15) meets Camryn Mileta at the net a scene that played out several times during the district match Friday night in Tiger Gym.

Michaela Glinsky (15) meets Camryn Mileta at the net a scene that played out several times during the district match Friday night in Tiger Gym.

 

Michaela Glinsky slams this one over the net as Kerrigan Weese goes up for the block during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym Friday night.

Michaela Glinsky slams this one over the net as Kerrigan Weese goes up for the block during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym Friday night.

 

Natalie Nathanson slams it over the net as Jadyn Walton goes up for the block, as happened many times during the match the ball falls to the floor on the wrong side of the net, point Lady Wildcats.

Natalie Nathanson slams it over the net as Jadyn Walton goes up for the block, as happened many times during the match the ball falls to the floor on the wrong side of the net, point Lady Wildcats.

 

Michaela Glinsky tips the ball up and over with Autumn Archuleta and kerrigan Weese going up for the block Friday night during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

Michaela Glinsky tips the ball up and over with Autumn Archuleta and kerrigan Weese going up for the block Friday night during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

 

Kerrigan Weese gets the block but as happened so many times during the match the ball falls to the floor on the Tiger side of the net.

Kerrigan Weese gets the block but as happened so many times during the match the ball falls to the floor on the Tiger side of the net.

 

Another block by Kerrigan Weese but the ball hits the net and falls to the Lady Tiger side of the floor, point Lady Wildcats during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

Another block by Kerrigan Weese but the ball hits the net and falls to the Lady Tiger side of the floor, point Lady Wildcats during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

 

Kerrigan Weese played strong at the net all night long for the Lady Tigers getting the block on this spike during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

Kerrigan Weese played strong at the net all night long for the Lady Tigers getting the block on this spike during the District Championship match in Tiger Gym.

 

The Lady Tigers celebrate the point, but it didn't last long as the Lady Wildcats pull away for the win in game four the District Championship match in Tiger Gym Friday night.

The Lady Tigers celebrate the point, but it didn’t last long as the Lady Wildcats pull away for the win in game four the District Championship match in Tiger Gym Friday night.

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