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The Artesia High School volleyball team continued to prove itself capable of mixing it up with some of the best in the state this weekend, going 1-1 overall at the Las Cruces Sweet 16 tournament.

The Bulldogs opened bracket play Saturday with a 3-0 shutout of Valencia, 25-20, 25-8 and 25-20, before falling to Class 6A Mayfield in four games, 17-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-26.

Despite their official even record, the ‘Dogs also notched quality wins on the weekend in pool play, taking the first seed in a Friday morning pool that included Mayfield, Santa Teresa and El Paso Jefferson to earn a spot in the championship bracket. Friday afternoon, Artesia was the third seed in a pool consisting of Las Cruces High, Centennial and El Paso Loretto.

“We played well,” head coach Alan Williams said today. “We’re getting better, so it was a successful weekend all around.

“We passed really well and had great defense, so I was really pleased with those two aspects. The previous weekend in El Paso, we struggled with our serving, and we did a lot better with that this weekend, too. We still need to improve on our offense so we’re working on that, but I think when we get that down, we’ll be hitting on all cylinders.”

The netters will be looking to make those improvements Thursday in a 7 p.m. home match against Hobbs at Bulldog Pit.

In keeping with their themed nights for home games, Thursday will be “Viva la Volleyball” night, and fans are encouraged to dress in Mexican-themed attire. Gift cards will be awarded for best dressed as well as in a serving contest through which fans try to hit sombreros placed on the court.

The Homecoming Growl assembly will follow the match.