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BERNALILLO — In their district openers, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Bernalillo Spartan volleyball teams picked up right where they left off in the 2010 season.
Bernalillo gave Los Alamos its toughest District 2-4A contest last year and, with a veteran lineup returning, was looking to pick up a win right off the bat.
But, despite some up-and-down offense and falling behind in every set, the Hilltoppers escaped with a hard-fought four-set win at Spartan Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers dropped the first set 19-25, but bounced back to sweep the final three sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 in their 2011 district opener Wednesday.
Los Alamos struggled to get on track early, but a big rally with star player Chase Ealey serving in the second set finally seemed to get the team going. Los Alamos, already down a set, trailed 7-3 early in the second set before Ealey reeled off 10 straight points from the service line.
Ealey had a good mixture of knuckleballs and serves with heavy backspin which drove the Spartans’ service-receiving crew into a frenzy.
Ealey, like the rest of the Hilltoppers, struggled to get into her rhythm, Wednesday and was relieved to get the win.
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