Jesse Wolfesberger: CNJ staff writer
The Portales Lady Rams are thriving no matter where their matches are played.
Portales is 14-3 (2-0 in district) even though its had only three home matches.
“It’s just how it goes,” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “Next year we’re supposed to have bunch of home games.”
Portales just finished a stretch in which they played eight road games and only one at home.
“I think it’s good for us in the long run,” Chavez said. “We’ll be prepared for state. In Albuquerque, you’ll be in a strange gym in front of other people’s fans, but we’re used to it.”
Although Chavez said the schedule has toughened her team, it has been hard for the Lady Ram fans.
“They tell me, ‘we want to see you play,’” Chavez said. “Especially because we are having such a good season.”
Grady coach Missy Glover said the Eastern New Mexico State fair in Roswell is conflicting with the volleyball season.
After placing third in the Melrose tournament last weekend, the Lady Bronchos (10-4, 5-0 4-1A) play only one match in the next 12 days because of the fair.
“I don’t really like it,” Glover said. “We go a long time without a game. There is nothing you can do about it.”
Glover said the fair is also affecting practice.
“It’s hard to stay focused,” she said, “and part of the time half our girls aren’t even there.
“(After the fair) we are going to get back with some long practices,” Glover said. “We are going to work on fundamentals and try to peak at the right time.”
Grady ends the season with four matches in seven days starting Oct. 13 against Logan.
Grady’s district rival, Clovis Christian is also having a slow week.
Tonight’s game against House will end a seven-day layoff for the Lady Eagles.
“As a coach, I like it,” Clovis Christian coach Ceil Boatman said. “It gives us more time at practice to work on things.”
Her team doesn’t quite share her enthusiasm, she said.
“The drills are getting a little bit boring,” Boatman said. “At this point in the season they want to get to the stuff that counts.”
Clovis Christian (10-4, 2-2 in district) has six matches left in the regular season.
Boatman said if her team can overcome their slow starts in matches they will do well the rest of the season.
“I think we can be first or second (in district),” Boatman said, “that is not unrealistic at this point. We are just as good, if not better, than any other team in our district.”