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Tuesday evening at the Palmview High School gymnasium the Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies defeated the Palmview Lady Lobos for the second time this season. The Lady Lobos took the first set in the best of five series by a score of 25-17. The Lady Huskies fought back in the second set however and won by the smallest of margins possible 26-24. With the game tied at one set each, the Lady Huskies took the pivotal third set by a score of 25-14 and finished off the Lady Lobos in the fourth set 25-16.
With 21 kills, six blocks and five aces, Juarez-Lincoln’s Lupita Salinas stood out for head coach Kay Dee Benavidez’ Lady Huskies on Tuesday.
“Lupita Salinas, our first middle hitter, played an outstanding game today. She had been kind of off and on but she really stepped it up today,” said Benavidez.
Two other standouts for the Lady Huskies on Tuesday were Nelly Pina, seven kills, one block and two aces and Maria Reyes with eight kills.
For the Lady Lobos Amber Garza had four kills, eight digs, ten aces and 30 assists. Garza’s teammate Abigail Hernandez was the only Lady Lobo player with double digit kills with ten while her teammate Gabriela Rodriguez managed seven kills and 13 digs in the losing effort. Gladys Salinas and Priscilla Trevino left the court with six kills and three aces and four digs and two aces respectively.
After losing the first set and falling behind in the second set it didn’t look as if it was going to be Juarez-Lincoln’s night. However Benavidez saw her girls get it together just in time to avoid falling behind two sets to none and go on to win their second game of the season, both against the Lady Lobos.
“I felt that our team really stuck together,” said Benavidez. “We were a bit rattled in the first game, we were sluggish and we were off a little bit but we got it together and as the games went by we got mentally tough and we didn’t falter.”
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Even though the Lady Huskies roster is made up predominately of seniors this year, Benavidez’ team lacks experience.
“I have 14 girls and 11 are seniors,” said Benavidez. “Of the 11 only three of them played on varsity last year. So the majority of them that are on the floor are inexperienced although they are seniors.”
The Lady Lobos looked as if they were on their way to their first win of the season against Juarez-Lincoln on Tuesday before they fell just short in the second set and went on to lose the third and fourth sets. Taking an early lead only to falter in the later sets is something that Palmview head coach Michael Ramirez has seen his team do before.
“It’s happened to us a few times before,” said Ramirez. “We just have to keep working on holding that lead and keeping that momentum. The big part of it is that with only nine girls on our roster we don’t have a bench to work with. There are times that I would like to sub in a player but my bench right now is very young and very inexperienced so I don’t know how much better we’d do to put in somebody like that.”
Ramirez and his coaching staff are considering making some moves on the Lady Lobos roster in hopes of breaking Palmview’s season-long losing streak.
“The same thing happened to us in the La Joya game so we need to try something new and shake things up a bit,” said Ramirez. “My coaching staff and I have been discussing the possibility of moving some of our junior varsity players up to varsity. I think we’ve reached a point in the season where the girls may feel too comfortable where they’re at so a change like that might shake thing up a bit and light a fire under some of them.”
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