Volleyball: LA finishes seventh in NMHSCA preseason poll

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team finished seventh in Class AAAA’s preseason poll.

The preseason poll, taken from a vote by head coaches throughout the state, was released by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association this morning.

Los Alamos’ seventh-place finish in the poll, in which it grabbed 42 total points, placed it just two points behind sixth-ranked Albuquerque Academy and 11 points ahead of Piedra Vista in the eighth slot.

The Hilltoppers will open their season Aug. 27 on the road at St. Pius X. St. Pius finished third in the preseason rankings.

The coaches voted 2007 Class AAAA champion Moriarty No. 1 heading into the 2008 season. State runner-up Roswell was voted fourth.

In 2007, Los Alamos finished 13-9 overall and won the District 2AAAA championship tournament, upending regular season champion Española Valley. Los Alamos would go on to stun Goddard in the state AAAA quarterfinals before falling to Roswell in the semis.

Here are the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class AAAA and AAAAA preseason rankings. Not enough votes were received for other polls.


School Total points

1. Rio Rancho 98

2. Las Cruces 74

3. La Cueva 69

4. Mayfield 64

5. Gadsden 52

6. Cibola 44

7. Eldorado 43

8. Clovis 32

9. Sandia 26

10. Manzano 15

Others receiving votes: Oñate 14; Hobbs 7; Alamogordo 6; Gallup 1; Albuquerque 1; Highland 1.

Class AAAA

School Total points

1. Moriarty 109

2. Goddard 77

3. St. Pius X 73

4. Roswell 71

5. Del Norte 51

6. Alb. Academy 44

7. Los Alamos 42

8. Piedra Vista 31

9. Kirtand Central 21

(tie) Deming 21

Others receiving votes: Española Valley 15; Capital 12; Artesia 11; Aztec 10; Farmington 8; Volcano Vista 4; Valencia 3; Shiprock 2.