The Los Alamos volleyball team won its second game in as many nights Thursday. The 'Toppers beat Albuquerque Academy, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.
"The girls came to compete today," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "I could tell they were fired up and ready to play hard."
Los Alamos jumped all over Albuquerque Academy to start the contest and took a 20-7 lead in the first set.
"Last year we lost in three (games against Academy), so we knew had to come out and send the message that we're not the same team," Ashlynn Trujillo said.
Academy made a run late in the first set, but Los Alamos was able to close it out. Academy carried some of that momentum into the second set and made it competitive early. The 'Toppers, however, pulled away at the end second set and then dominated the final set.
Los Alamos's defense did a nice job throughout the evening to contain Academy's big hitters. "A big credit goes to the defense for this win," Espinoza said. "All of the defenders really stepped up."
Trujillo, in particular, had a good game for Los Alamos — flying around and making several diving digs.
"Ashlynn did phenomenal back there," Espinoza said. "She was working her butt off."