Volleyball: LA opens at St. Pius tonight

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program will open the 2008 season tonight in a nondistrict tilt at St. Pius X.

Los Alamos and St. Pius will meet tonight in Albuquerque. The C-team contest is slated for 4 p.m., the junior varsity teams are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the varsity match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Sartan Garden.

Both teams advanced to the state tournament elimination round last season and both were ousted by eventual state AAAA runner-up Roswell.

The Hilltoppers have just two returning starters from last season, but head coach Diana Stokes said she’s excited about the number of good, young hitters she has, which will allow her a lot of flexibility.

Los Alamos finished 13-9 during the 2007 season and won the District 2AAAA tournament.

and advanced to the state semifinals.