The Los Alamos volleyball team started its season against a tough opponent Tuesday night in Albuquerque, the St. Pius X Sartans.
The senior-led Hilltoppers were hoping to make a statement in its first game of the fall, but instead found some parts of its game that still need improvement.
St. Pius X won the contest in three games — 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.
“It was a good opener for us,” Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. “St. Pius is a team that will expose the things you need to work on.”
Timing its blocks were one thing Espinoza said her team still needs practice on.
Mackenzie Alexander, the 6-foot junior who moved up to varsity this season, did havesome success blocking shots, especially later in the game, though.
“She’s a wall when she gets her hands up,” Espinoza said.
Middle hitters Noelle Gallegos and Halie Street “did well,” Espinoza said, while outside hitters Brianna Montaño and Sierra Foley “did a good job moving the ball around,” but added her team needed to “spread the ball around a little more” to give the outside hitters’ arms a rest.
First match jitters, however, caused a lot of unforced for Los Alamos in the match, especially in the first two games.