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As Garry Maskaly said heading into Saturday’s opening match for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, getting over the mental stumbling block that is the Pojoaque Elks would be its big challenge.
Unfortunately, Los Alamos wasn’t able to clear it.
Los Alamos put together several good attacks throughout, but couldn’t string enough together to keep pace with Pojoaque’s big rallies.
Pojoaque, the top-ranked team in Class 3A heading into the regular season, showed it was worthy of that ranking with an impressive 25-20, 25-13, 25-27, 25-14 victory in Griffith Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Maskaly, the head coach of the Hilltoppers, said his team got nervous in several spots throughout the match and wasn’t making the adjustments it needed to. Its lack of adjustments contributed to some big runs by the Elks (2-0) throughout the match.
In all three of its set wins and even in the set it lost, the Elks scored a big chunk of their points in bunches.
Los Alamos actually led during the early part of the three sets it lost, but Pojoaque would come back.
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