Volleyball: Nichols, Stokes earn All-4A nods

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By The Staff

A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the Class AAAA All-State team, which was announced Wednesday.

Hilltopper outside hitter Alex Nichols was named to the second team Class AAAA squad. Picking up an Honorable Mention nod was Jessica Stokes at the setter position.

It was the second big honor of 2008 for Nichols, a junior, who was also named the District 2AAAA Player of the Year following the district championship tournament in November.

It was also the second major honor for Stokes, the lone senior on the team. Stokes was picked for the 3A/4A North-South All-Star match, which will be held July 28 in Albuquerque.

Los Alamos finished 14-9 in 2008. It reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals before falling to the eventual state runner-up for the second year in a row.

Moriarty, the 2008 AAAA champ, placed four players on the first team, including its star twin sisters Brandi and Kristin Valencia.