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Questionable call dooms Hagerman

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ALBUQUERQUE — The pressure of playing, coaching, and officiating in the state tournament can bring out the best and worst in all participants. Well, Hagerman coach Monica Morales and the top official won’t be singing Kumbaya anytime soon. It is one thing to lose the tournament because the other team is better than yours, and it’s another to lose because of a call.

The Hagerman girls volleyball team lost the first set Friday 25-15 to Fort Sumner/House, but they were just starting to get their playing legs under them. In the second set, the Lady Bobcats trailed 20-14 in the second game, battling back to lead 23-22.

Fort Sumner/House was leading by a point, 24-23, when Hagerman’s Christy Bejarano blocked the ball for a kill, tying the game at 24-24. Bejarano got another kill on a set by Bethaney Barela to put Hagerman up, 25-24.

Fort Sumner tied it at 25-25. Bejarano came up big with another kill off a set by Barela, to put the Lady Bobcats up 26-25.

Hagerman went back to Bejarano for another kill, but Barela was called for a ball handling error. Many from Hagerman felt the call was highly questionable. With the penalty, both teams were tied at 26-26, instead of giving Hagerman the game and tying the series at one apiece.

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Hagerman would lose the set 28-26, going down two games to zero.

In the third set, Fort Sumner led 18-6 before turning out the lights on the Lady Bobcats.

Hagerman would lose the match in three sets: 25-15, 28-26, 25-16.

Hagerman’s stars were Paige Hoppes with 11 kills, one block and an assist. Bejarano had six kills and two blocks. Cerria Lucero contributed with two kills, one ace and an assist. Adriana DeLaCruz chipped in with one assist and ace. Ariel Tarango had one kill, Stephanie Razo had two aces, and Barela ended up with one kill, two aces and 15 assists.