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Lady Coyotes even record with win over Lovington

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Roswell’s Malia Dumlao (1) dives for the ball as Maria Aragon (6) watches during Monday’s game against Artesia at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

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By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports

LOVINGTON — The Roswell Lady Coyotes swept the Lovington Lady Wildcats 3-0 in volleyball action Tuesday night in Lovington.

Roswell, 1-1, was coming off to a rough performance against Artesia the previous night in their season opener. In this match, however, Roswell set the tone early by getting out to an 11-0 lead in set one.

Lovington didn’t have an answer to the service power of Jessie Espinoza. Like a savvy baseball pitcher, Espinoza mixed up her serves with bullet-like shots, down-the-line winners and in-your-face Wilsons.

“She’s a pretty good server for us and she started us really great in that first set,” said Roswell coach Heather Baca now in her 10th year as coach.

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The Lady Coyotes were in the zone finding open winners and played with laser-like precision and team-passing was sharp.

“We wanted to do the little things better, something we failed to do against Artesia,” Baca pointed out.

Lovington though realized game one was not going to happen for them, as they lost, 25-4. So they regrouped for set two which was a lot more competitive matching Roswell score for score, and at one point held a 9-8 lead.

“We just got a little comfortable kind of making mistakes and erroring a little on the attack,” Baca said.

Roswell though regained its composure and went on an 8-5 run for a 17-13 lead run to take control of game two. They finally closed out game two, 25-18. Game three was much the same, back and forth.

The game was tied at 8-8 with Lovington gaining momentum with every point Roswell’s Victoria Sandoval served up, which seemed like 60-mph fastballs, as she is also a pitcher on Roswell’s softball team.

The serve came across on a rope and a defender didn’t even attempt to play the ball, which seemed to intimidate the Lovington girls. The serve put a proud smile on her papa, Roswell assistant principal Art Sandoval, who was on administrative duty for Roswell at the game.

Lovington, though shaken, stayed in the game. Roswell managed to lead a majority of the game, until Roswell created unforced errors allowing Lovington back in the match, and coming within two points, 22-24. Roswell hung on to win, but Baca pointed out that her squad has some work to do on offense.

“We have a lot of work to do where our offense is concerned,” Baca said. “We did a better job with our hitters connecting. Our goal was to improve and do the little things better. We did that and I told them I was proud of them for that.”

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