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Barring a runaway victory in the fourth set by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, the difference between the Hilltoppers and the Española Valley Sundevils in their match Wednesday night was zero points.
Los Alamos, trying to avoid falling into a big early hole in the District 2-4A volleyball race, hosted Española Valley at Griffith Gymnasium. Española Valley, which came out victorious in its first two district outings, had a chance to take a commanding 2-game lead with a win.
The Sundevils looked to be on their way after outlasting the Hilltoppers in a grueling, emotional third set, but following that set, which both teams had and lost chances to put away, the Hilltoppers rallied to take the final two sets.
In the fourth set, Los Alamos libero Danielle Ortiz reeled off eight straight points to start, giving her team a big advantage. The momentum from the fourth set carried Los Alamos through a tough fifth set to take a 24-26, 25-23, 28-30, 25-8, 15-13 victory.
Like in many of their recent outings, the Hilltoppers had trouble getting things going against the Sundevils early.
“It was shaky,” said Ortiz. “We were tied at 1-1 and that third game was really tight. We battled it out, but coming down to the wire it was anyone’s game.”
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