Daily Dig – Oct 5

Hagerman's Leah Dunahoo

El Paso Riverside turning heads in Texas

Looks like the Rangers are getting recognition in the Lone Star state, earning a #13 ranking in the Texas Girls Coaches Association volleyball poll. The Rangers host San Elizario tonight at 6:30.

Read about about the top 20 ranked Rangers in the El Paso Times.

There is also a blog post on the “Meet the Preps” site about Riverside.

Games to Watch

Gadsden at Mayfield

Mayfield has recovered from their service-error problems encountered at the Las Cruces game, playing Alamogordo tough on Saturday. With that loose end tied up, the Trojans will need to focus on a more consistent hitting effort, and push the ball past the strong front row of Gadsden. The combo of setter Karlie Ontiveros and Allyson Lucht has been a productive one; I think if Ontiveros can get the ball out to middle Marcela Hanroit, especially on the quick, they might find the Panthers off guard.

Defensively, Mayfield has been pretty tough, with some good play from middle Hanroit with hitters Brooklyn Amador and Callie Chambers chipping in for assists on the block.  They’ll no doubt key on Panther Nathalie Castellanos, they’ll need to be sure to contain Gadsden’s other options (Veronica Rosen, Cristal Quinones) and ensure their back row is ready for the flurry of attacks sure to come.

I’ve said this before: defensively, Gadsden is a tenacious bunch. Look for some good pick-ups and tight passing from this group.

Over the past few seasons, this match up has always been a nail-biter. Having already met at the Sweet 16 championship match, an improved and more confident Trojan squad will make this a challenge for Gadsden.

Albuquerque Academy at St. Pius X High School

This should be an excellent battle of two of the three top 4A schools in the state. Academy has beaten St. Pius once already at the Metro Tournament, 3-1, and that should be enough of a motivator for St. Pius to make the extra effort.

The offensive prowess of both these teams (Kaira Lujan, Academy, Sara Weber St. Pius) will mean lots of fireworks tonight. If you’re in the Metro Area tonight, it’s a guarantee this will be THE game to watch.

Lordsburg vs Mesilla Valley Christian

Some of you might be scratching your heads about this one, but I like the match to see the SonBlazers are for real, especially in district play.

Having disposed of former district rivals Mescalero in two straight matches, Mesilla Valley gets to face a scrappy Lordsburg squad. Both teams are sitting at 9-4 and you can bet the Mavs are hungry for a win and some respect in the coaches polls.

When I last saw Lordsburg at the NMSU Jordan camp there was some good talent, if not a little raw. With some matches under their belt,  I think the chemistry of setter Laura Carbajal and middle Kristine Estrada will be a headache for Mesilla Valley.

MVCS’s outside hitters Merrily Gomez and Aspen Narvaez are big girls with big arms; they will keep Lordsburg on their toes.

Today’s Schedule of Games

4:30 PM Tucumcari High School vs. San Jon High School
6:00 PM Hobbs High School vs. Roswell High School
6:00 PM Cobre High School vs. Hatch Valley High School
6:30 PM Belen High School vs. Miyamura High School
7:00 AM Portales @ Artesia
8:01 AM Crownpoint High School vs. Wingate High School
9:18 AM Sandia Prep High School vs. Santa Fe High School
10:30 AM Questa High School vs. Coronado High School
2:31 PM Los Lunas High School vs. Gallup High School
4:00 PM Zuni High School vs. Tohatchi High School
4:00 PM Hagerman High School vs. Mescalero Apache School
4:00 PM Thoreau High School vs. Shiprock High School
4:00 PM Carrizozo High School vs. Hondo Valley High School
4:00 PM Zuni High School vs. Tohatchi High School
4:00 PM Tularosa High School vs. Cloudcroft High School
4:00 PM Santa Rosa at Texico
4:00 PM Silver High School vs. Hot Springs High School
4:30 PM Junior Varsity
4:30 PM Farmington High School vs. Aztec High School
5:00 PM Sandia JV vs. Cleveland
5:00 PM Zuni High School vs. Tohatchi High School
5:00 PM Tse Yi Gai High School vs. Shiprock Northwest
5:00 PM NM School for the Deaf vs. Victory Christian School
5:00 PM Lordsburg High School vs. Mesilla Valley Christian School
5:30 PM Rehoboth High School vs. Newcomb High School
5:30 PM Clovis Christian vs Clovis high C
5:30 PM Farmington High School vs. Aztec High School
5:30 PM Lovington
5:30 PM Capitan High School vs. Gateway Christian High School
5:30 PM Farmington High School vs. Aztec High School
5:30 PM Tatum High School vs. Jal High School
6:00 PM Navajo Pine High School vs. Navajo Prep High School
6:00 PM Pine Hill at Gallup Catholic
6:00 PM Rehoboth High School vs. Newcomb High School
6:00 PM Valley Christian Academy vs. Vaughn High School
6:00 PM Chaparral High School vs. Mt. View (El Paso, TX)
6:00 PM Hope Christian High School vs. Pojoaque Valley High School
6:00 PM Evangel Christian Academy vs Santa Fe Waldorf
6:00 PM Menaul High School vs. Mountainair High School
6:00 PM Deming High School vs. Socorro High School
6:30 PM Floyd vs. Dora
6:30 PM Del Norte High School
6:30 PM Volcano Vista High School vs. Manzano High School
6:30 PM Albuquerque Academy vs. St. Pius X High School
6:30 PM Laguna Acoma High School vs. East Mountain High School
6:30 PM Grants High School vs. Valencia High School
6:30 PM Cleveland vs. Sandia
6:30 PM Mesilla Valley Christian School vs. Lordsburg High School
6:30 PM Mora
6:30 PM Eldorado vs Rio Rancho
7:00 PM Lovington High School vs Ruidoso High School
7:00 PM Alamogordo High School vs. Oñate High School
9:15 PM Piedra Vista High School vs. Kirtland Central High School