The Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity volleyball team will have a few more days of practice to prepare for its season opener in 2012.
Los Alamos’ scheduled season opener against Pojoaque was pushed back. The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 25, but had to be rescheduled.
The two longstanding rivals will now have to wait until Sept. 11 to face off. Instead, Los Alamos will take on another of its most bitter rivals, St. Pius X, to open the season.
St. Pius, which has knocked Los Alamos out of the playoffs for each of the past four years including last year, will meet Los Alamos Sept. 4 at Griffith Gymnasium.
Pojoaque, which had a remarkable season in 2011, losing just one set in the regular season — to Los Alamos in the Elks’ opener — will travel up the hill to play Los Alamos Sept. 11.
Instead of its originally-scheduled contest Aug. 25, Los Alamos will take part in a preseason scrimmage hosted by District 2-4A rival Española Valley.
The Hilltoppers, along with the other prep volleyball teams in the state, officially opened their preseason Monday.