It was going to take a typical resilient effort from the Los Alamos volleyball team to keep Española Valley from clinching the district regular season title.
But the resiliency wasn’t there for the Hilltoppers in the Sundevils straight-set (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) victory on Wednesday in Española. The Sundevils, who improved to 14-5 overall and 6-1 in district play, clinched the District 2-5A regular season title and will host the district tournament championship.
“I think (Española) played better than we did today,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “Our passes were off today. And they were playing a quicker game and our girls had a hard time keeping up with them.”
After Española Valley took a one-set lead, the Sundevils jumped out to a 15-11 lead in the second set. Los Alamos (9-10 overall, 4-3 District 2-5A) then scored seven-straight-points to take an 18-15 lead. With a 20-18 lead, it appeared that Los Alamos was on its way to a set-victory victory. But, the Sundevils ended up evening the set 20-20, before close it out on a 5-1 run.