Volleyball: Toppers sweep Tigers in 2AAAA

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team took another step toward the district championship Saturday at Taos.

After getting warmed up in the first game, Los Alamos cruised to a 3-0 sweep at Taos to stay on the inside track to the District 2AAAA title.

The Hilltoppers, who rarely fire out of the gate, held on in game one for a 25-21 win over the Tigers, then cruised to wins in games two and three, 25-11, 25-12. They got a solid overall team effort minus the help of two starters, Sara Scott and Jessica Stokes.

Stephanie Abney, filling in at the setter position, had 10 assists in game one and turned in a good effort at the service line with three ace serves.

For the match, Abney finished with 27 assists.

Los Alamos now sits at 5-0 in 2AAAA play (10-7 overall) and controls its own destiny for the regular season district crown. A win over Capital in the finale Nov. 1 will clinch the regular season title for Los Alamos, although numerous other scenarios are possible as well.

Taos (0-16 overall, 0-4 in 2AAAA) is going through a rough season. It has so far won just seven games.

Hilltopper head coach Diana Stokes said the Tigers have shown some ability in their two matches, but the fundamentals weren’t there when first-year coach Thomas Duke took over.

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