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Los Alamos middle hitter Kaitlin Bennett hits a ball over Del Norte’s DeMari Ellis in Wednesday’s District 2-5A opener at Griffith Gym.
’Toppers volleyball falls to DN in district opener

Not being able to capitalize after a strong start is beginning to haunt the Los Alamos volleyball team.  
The Hilltoppers fell to Del Norte 20-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19 in the District 2-5A opener for both teams Wednesday at Griffith Gym. It was the fourth-straight loss for Los Alamos, which fell to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in district. Del Norte improved to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in district.
“We just have to keep playing,” Hilltoppers coach Diana Stokes said. “We’re going to work a bit harder in practice. I don’t know if its nerves, but you would like to be set by district.”
Los Alamos started strong and jumped out to a 16-11 lead in the first set. The Hilltoppers extended their lead to 21-13, before the Knights went on a six-point run to close the gap to 21-19. A Mackenzie Alexander kill gave Los Alamos a 23-20 lead, and Gabriela Vallejos finished the set with back-to-back service aces.
“They just have to believe in themselves. They get up and then they just kind of quit playing,” Stokes said.  

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