The Marauder volleyball team played their first round of the region tournament on Tuesday against Coconino. They came back with a loss, but all is not over for Mingus.
Coconino won the first round of playoffs against Mingus in a close four set game, 25-19, 19-25, 22-25 and 22-25.
"We played well in the first game and it looked like we had the momentum going into the second game," said Coach Audrey Islas. "But we made mental errors and errors at the wrong time."
The Marauders did forge a comeback in the second game, battling from a 20-10 deficit, but it wasn't quite enough to get the win.
Against the Panthers, Angel Bates collected 13 kills, followed by Kayla Islas with eight, Katy Westcott with seven and Lauren Stokes with five. Kelsey Wokasch got close to 25 assists and Bri Young slammed three of the team's eight serve aces of the match.
Despite the loss, the Marauders don't have to bid farewell to the season. Even though it hasn't been etched in stone, the Marauders are still sitting in a good spot to get picked up for the State tournament based on their power points. The Marauders are currently sitting in the No. 11 spot.
Nov. 4 is the day they are waiting for. On Nov. 4, the four remaining teams in the 4A II Grand Canyon region will go head to head to battle it out for a region champion and for seeding at the State tournament.
Page and Flagstaff will battle it out for the first and second spots in the region, which has no bearing on Mingus' placement at State. The match the Marauders will be waiting for is the battle between Sinagua and Coconino. While both teams will be battling it out for third, Mingus will be hoping for a Coconino loss.
If Coconino loses against Sinagua, Sinagua will advance to State with a third place spot from region and because Mingus is ranked No. 11 and Coconino is ranked down at No. 17, the Marauders would take seniority and head to the State tournament.
In the mean time while Mingus sits in limbo, coach Islas is keeping her girls pumped for the unknown. During the regular season, Sinagua beat Coconino and if there are no surprises, they can do it again.
So, with the girls practicing and waiting, coach Islas is happy to keep her team in the gym for an extra two weeks, game or no game, the practice is always a good thing.
If Mingus gets the seat at the State tournament, they will travel to play the first round on Nov. 7.