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The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes made it five in a row at the state Class 3A volleyball tournament Saturday.
Pojoaque Valley waltzed through the Class 3A field last week, dropping just two sets in direct elimination play to earn the 2013 state championship. Its title run was capped with a 3-1 victory over the Ruidoso Warriors.
The Elkettes (20-4) have owned the 3A postseason since 2009 and haven’t been pushed even as far as a fifth set in the championship match since that time.
This season, the Elkettes won their third title under a different head coach. Eric Zamora steered the team to the championship in 2013, while Joey Trujillo did likewise in 2012 and Brian Ainsworth in 2011 — Ainsworth left Pojoaque Valley to coach at Cleveland, which finished as the 5A runner-up.
Goddard upsets Piedra Vista for Class 4A championship
For the second year in a row, the Piedra Vista Panthers were upset in the state Class 4A volleyball final.
Piedra Vista, which was the No. 1 overall seed for the second year in a row, was knocked off in the title match, this time by the Goddard Rockets.
The Rockets, who survived a scare against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in Friday’s semifinal, bounced back nicely to top the Panthers 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17 to earn their first state championship since 2009.
Los Alamos didn’t survive the first day of the playoffs this season, finishing third in Pool C and then dropping a 3-0 decision to Santa Fe.
In 2012, the Panthers, who had lost just one match that season, were downed by St. Pius X. The Sartans also didn’t make it through the first round last week.
Demons blasted in playoff opener
The Santa Fe Demons made an early exit in the Class 4A football postseason Friday night.
The Demons, the lone representative from District 2 to advance to the tournament, were thumped by the Centennial Hawks 36-2 in Las Cruces. The Demons end their season with a mark of 4-7.
District 2 hasn’t fared well in the playoffs the last several years. No District 2 team has earned an at-large bid since 2008 and the district champ, which earns an automatic bid into the playoffs, has been on the wrong end of a blowout each year since then.
Centennial, the No. 5 seed, advances to play fourth-seeded Los Lunas this weekend. Other Class 4A quarterfinal matchups include No. 9 Moriarty at No. 1 Goddard, No. 6 Deming at No. 3 Belen and No. 7 Valencia at No. 2 Farmington.