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Roswell comes back against all odds to beat Hobbs

Alex Gonzalez goes in for a kill shot against Hobbs Tuesday night at the Coyote Den. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The Coyote Den was jumping as the Hobbs Eagles came into the Coyote Den with a first-place lead (3-0) entering the game and played as their lives depended on winning this game. Second-place Roswell (2-1) in district play needed the win even more and they played like it.

With neither team backing down from the other, two evenly matched teams gave the fans all the ups and downs they could handle for one night of action as Hobbs had their fans and parents jumping up and down on the bleachers leading cheers for their team. It helped get the Lady Eagles out to a 2-0 games lead.

“We were playing well,” Hobbs head coach Stacy Williams said. “Roswell is a great team. We knew it was going to be a battle and they’re a great coached team by Heather (Baca). You can always expect her teams to play well. They kept us off balance — it is going to be a tough district championship.”

It wasn’t enough as the Lady Coyotes got it together and forced a fifth set and even then had to rally from being down 9-12 to eventually winning the game and the match in five sets, (19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 17-15).

The key moments of the match were when Cheyenne Martinez made saves and also hit a kill shot to bring Roswell back to a 14-15 score. On the next play, Alex Gonzalez hit a kill shot to give the Lady Coyotes a 16-15 lead. The game ended abruptly when Julia Espinoza hit the kill shot in the corner to end the game and give the Coyotes a 17-15 win and a share of first place in the district.

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“It was a good win for us,” Roswell coach Heather Baca said. “We knew it was going to be a battle going in. Our kids responded after a couple of losses and we made some adjustments and that I thought helped us. I’m just proud of my kids, they worked hard and battled for every point tonight.”

The win gives the Lady Coyotes a 3-1 district record and a share of first place along with Hobbs. If Roswell wins out and Hobbs wins out, they would end the season in a tie. Coming into the game in 5A seedings, Hobbs was ranked No.12 and Roswell was No.13.

With two games left in the season, Roswell will face Carlsbad at the Coyote Den on Thursday. Roswell defeated Carlsbad 3-1 earlier in the season and then they have to win against Clovis at Clovis on Tuesday.

“We are trying to force a playoff game,” Baca said. “We are tied right now. If we win, we would force a playoff game with Hobbs and that’s what we’re trying to do right now. If we win the playoff game then we would win the district and we would automatically go. If we don’t win, we have to win the district tournament.”

Alex Gonzalez led with 18 kills, four aces and seven digs. Jalen Baca had 27 digs and two aces. Cheyenne Martinez had 17 assists, eight kills and 14 digs. Julia Espinoza had nine kills.

Roswell (10-8 overall, 3-1 district) faces Carlsbad at 6:30 p.m. at the Coyote Den Thursday.

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