‘Toppers blank Spartans at home

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up its second District 2AAAA win of the season Wednesday night.

The Hilltoppers rolled over the Bernalillo Spartans 3-0 Wednesday, getting several of its younger players into the rotation throughout the contest.

Los Alamos jumped all over Bernalillo early, taking the first game 25-12. Then, with its younger players getting in, including sophomore Lynne Cash, took game two by the same score. Los Alamos finished off the contest winning the third game 25-19.

“These matches are a good chance for us to give our younger kids some experience for next year,” Hilltopper head coach Garry Maskaly said.

Wednesday’s win was the seventh in a row for the Hilltoppers (11-3 overall, 2-0 in 2AAAA).

For her part, Cash picked up three spike kills in her first three swings at the middle blocker position, that coming in game two of Wednesday’s contest.

With Los Alamos able to substitute liberally throughout the match, eight different players finished Wednesday night’s outing with spike kills. Defensively, Nicole Moore had a big night, earning four block kills.

Los Alamos will be at home again Saturday night, when it will face the Espanola Valley Sundevils, Maskaly’s former team. That match is set for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gym.

While Maskaly said he hasn’t had a chance to see the Sundevils play this season, he’s expecting a tough contest. The Sundevils typically play excellent defense and can put together enough timely hitting to make things interesting.

Española Valley and Los Alamos are currently tied for the lead in the 2AAAA standings. The Sundevils (7-6 overall, 2-0 in district) have already beaten Taos and Capital, but is just coming off a 3-0 nondistrict loss to Moriarty, a team Los Alamos has already beaten twice, taking six of the seven games they’ve played.

Maskaly’s main focus, however, is making sure his current team is improving every day.

“Right now, we’re fine-tuning things,” he said. “It’s a good position to be in with a few weeks left...The big focus here is to fix the little things.”