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The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team survived a rough pool play Thursday to beat the Piedra Vista Panthers Thursday night in the opening round of the 2009 state Class AAAA tournament.
The tournament is being held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
Los Alamos knocked off Piedra Vista 3-0 Thursday night and will meet the St. Pius X Sartans at 8 a.m. Friday for the right to play in Friday afternoon's semifinal.
The Hilltoppers finished third in their three-team pool Thursday morning, splitting with Moriarty and Volcano Vista. Moriarty won the tiebreaker among the three teams and Volcano Vista was second.