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Despite Lady Coyotes’ loss, playing is a ‘win’

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Roswell’s Malia Dumlao (1) hits the ball as Mariah Samario (7) watches during Monday night’s game against Artesia at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

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It felt like a volleyball game and it looked like a volleyball game. It was a game between two rivals: Artesia and Roswell. Normally the stands would be packed standing-room only. The rafters would be filled with orange and white on the visiting side, and on Roswell’s side, it would be filled with red and black.

Not anymore, welcome to the new normal. The stands would not be packed, and the silence so deafening there were echoes in the gym where the players sneakers squelched and shirked as both teams made plays on the ball.

Artesia was playing their fourth game of the season, and Roswell their first. For Artesia, four games would make a difference. Roswell made errors and didn’t start playing like themselves until the third game but by then it was too late. Artesia would sweep Roswell 25-9, 25-7 and 25-14, Monday night in the Coyote Den.

Players and coaches from both teams were sitting 6 feet apart. The stands were empty, except for the junior varsity players and media. The coaches and players could be heard talking to each other.

The high-fives were phantom, and the whistle signaling a change or stoppage in play was an electronic shrill. Other than that, it was normal volleyball.

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“We’re getting a lot better” Bulldogs’ coach Alan Williams said. “This is the best we’ve played in four games. I think it would have been a lot closer match if this would have been our first match, too. I’m thankful that we are able to play and have fun.”

The Lady Coyotes traveled to Lovington on Tuesday, and Thursday will play at Portales with a Saturday home game against rival Goddard.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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