In a big early District 2-5A volleyball matchup, the Española Valley Sundevils’ high-powered offense proved to be too tough for the Los Alamos Hilltopper defense.
The Sundevils, who are earmarked as the team to beat in the 2-5A race this season, got some big swings all night from their big hitters upfront, Elana Salazar and Kaitlyn Romero.
Salazar, Española Valley’s primary weapon, finished with 21 spike kills as the Sundevils took Wednesday’s match at Griffith Gymnasium, 3-1.
The Sundevils cruised to a 25-11 first set win — libero Victoria Valdez served up 12 straight points to close out that set after Los Alamos had cut a 7-point Española Valley advantage down to 1.
Los Alamos bounced back in the second set, holding on to win 25-22, but Española Valley took sets three and four 25-17, 25-21.
With that win, their ninth in a row, the Sundevils (10-2 overall, 2-0 in 2-5A) move into a first-place tie in the early district standings with the Bernalillo Spartans.
Los Alamos, meanwhile, will have some catch-up work to do, work that will start Saturday when it travels to Bernalillo.