The Los Alamos volleyball team had become accustomed to winning five-set matches, but things didn’t shape as usual this time.
The Hilltoppers fell to Del Norte 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23,15-12 on Saturday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in District 2-5A play, while the Knights improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in district.
The loss ends a three-match winning streak, which included three five-set performances by the Hilltoppers.
On Saturday, Los Alamos had a 2 sets to 1 lead, and a 17-13 lead in the fourth set, before the Knights went on a seven-point run to get a 20-17 lead. Del Norte ended up winning the set to set-up a decisive fifth set.
The early stages of the fifth set were highly competitive and both teams were knotted up 6-6. Los Alamos took an 11-10 lead before Del Norte sealed the win with a 5-1 run.
In the first set, Los Alamos overcame a 17-11 Knights lead and took a 22-18 lead. The Hilltoppers won the set after an Elodie Thelliez block.
Led by a Mackenzie Alexander block and an Alize Garcia ace, Los Alamos took a 23-20 lead in the third set. A Jessica Moore kill sealed the set for the Hilltoppers.
Alexander led Los Alamos with 11 kills, while Thelliez tallied six solo blocks and 11 total. Garcia finished with a team-high 26 wins.