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Weekend Roundup - Cowgirl skid hits nine matches

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By Dave Kavanaugh

A return to the Wilson Complex wasn’t enough to get the Highlands volleyball team off their current slide over the weekend. The Cowgirls lost to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes Black Hills State (S.D.) and Chadron State (Neb.) on Friday and Saturday.
NMHU is 6-15 overall and 2-9 in the conference.
BHSU (6-12, 1-8) swept Highlands 25-16, 25-22, 25-15 on Friday. Caitlin Templeton hit .462 and led all players with 15 kills to lead the RMAC’s newest team to victory. Darian Mullen, Mariah White and Jordyn Glorfield tallied seven kills apiece for the Cowgirls, and Dulce, N.M., native Quiana Vigil had a match-best 29 assists.
Chadron won 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14 on Saturday. The loss came despite a strong night for Mullen (a match-high 15 kills, 16 digs, and four blocks). Vigil added 36 assists, also a match high, and Ashley Nugent had 15 digs. The Eagles were paced by Mollie Jones and Mallory Irvine, who combined for 21 kills.
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West Las Vegas ran its District 2-3A volleyball record to 2-0 with a 3-1 win at Raton on Thursday night.
The Lady Dons and coach Mary Bustos, who beat Robertson on Tuesday night in their district opener, now share the lead in 2-3A. They host Taos on Tuesday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym.
West and Raton split their first two sets, with the Lady Dons winning game one 25-20 and the Lady Tigers returning the favor in game two. But West outlasted the home team 25-21 and 25-21 in games three and four to close the match.
WLV is 10-4 overall, ranked fifth in Class 3A.
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Regis’ Sidney Otto scored the winning goal nearly 56 minutes into the match Friday night, lifting her Rangers to a 2-1 verdict over New Mexico Highlands in RMAC women’s soccer.
The Cowgirls slipped to 4-7-2 overall and 2-5-2 in league play heading into Sunday’s scheduled home match with Metro State. Check Wednesday’s Optic for coverage of that match.
Highlands led 1-0 after Marci Johnson — working off a feed from Clarissa Estrella — scored inside the box with 31:07 elapsed. It was Johnson’s fourth goal of the season.
Regis (8-4-1, 6-2-1) tied the match on a Meghan Stuart goal assisted by Marissa Davis in the 40th minute. The 1-1 tie remained in place as of halftime.
Kayla Clarke made five saves and Nikita Rivera one for the Cowgirls, who were 3-0-1 in their previous four.
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NMHU’s Ismael Samano placed 19th overall and first among runners from NCAA Division II with a time of 31:18 on a soggy 10-kilometer course on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Marlinda Pecos (24:04) led the Highlands women in a 6K race, followed by Stephanie Gomez (24:38), Tayler Hendren (24:52), Ashley Lovato (25:06) and Jeanette Ortiz (25:34).
Emile Ndagajimana and Stephen Carbajal, both freshmen, were NMHU’s second and third finishers.