Toppers earn 2-4A title with win on road

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its fifth straight District 2-4A regular season championship with its win Saturday night.
Los Alamos, playing on the road at Española Valley, earned a 3-1 victory over the Sundevils to grab the district regular season title, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament and, most importantly, secure a berth in the Class 4A playoffs next month.
The Sundevils and the Hilltoppers played a back-and-forth contest Oct. 10 that could’ve gone to either team, but the Hilltoppers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets.
Saturday, however, Los Alamos picked up a 25-13 win in the first set and, following a second set 25-22 Española Valley victory, Los Alamos won 25-17 and 25-20 to close out the contest.
The Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 6-1 in 2-4A) finish off district play Wednesday at home. They will face Capital for Senior Night before taking on St. Michael’s Thursday, a make-up game from early September that was rescheduled due to a leaky gymnasium roof.
Against Española Valley, Los Alamos had its offensive guns firing, led by freshman outside hitter Brianna Montaño, who collected 20 spike kills, nearly half the team’s total for the night.
Following Montaño, outside hitter Erin Kirk had 13 spike kills, while middle blocker Claire Stewart finished with 7 spike kills. Savanah Romero had 37 assists from her setter spot.