Volleyball: Toppers pick up wins over Estancia, Cibola

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By Mike Cote

Things may just be looking up for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team.

After starting the 2008 season with a pair of losses, one of them a 5-set heartbreaker against St. Pius X, Los Alamos has followed those up with a win Thursday over Albuquerque Academy and a good showing at this weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

Los Alamos took two out of three pool play matches at the two-day tournament, hosted by the defending Class AAAA champion Moriarty Pintos, then followed that up with two wins in three bracket play contests.

After winning its pool, taking five of its six pool play sets, Los Alamos came back in a short turnaround Friday night to down Estancia in straight sets.

The Hilltoppers would fall in the tournament semifinals Saturday against the Pintos, who are the early-season favorite to repeat as AAAA champs. After that straight-set loss, Los Alamos rebounded to knock off a tough Cibola squad in a consolation match.

The weekend’s effort was a lot more of what Hilltopper head coach Diana Stokes had in mind going into the season.

“I think they’re getting better each time they play,” Stokes said of her young squad. “We’re still going to get better because we want to get better. That’s what you want to see. The team’s going to keep trying.”

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