Volleyball: LA sweeps Bernalillo on the road

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team ran its record to 2-0 in District 2AAAA play with a 3-0 road win Wednesday night.

The Hilltoppers got off to a slow start in the first two games of Wednesday’s contest at Bernalillo, but bounced back in both games. In the third game, the Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead and never looked back.

Los Alamos won 25-13, 25-14 25-9. It was the second sweep in as many district outings for Los Alamos, which also evened its record on the season to 7-7.

Bernalillo’s Spartans (0-12, 0-2 in 2AAAA) have won just six games on the season.

As was the case for the Hilltoppers against the Taos Tigers a week earlier, it took awhile to get started Wednesday. The Hilltoppers held only an 8-7 lead at one point in the first game.

However, as it did against Taos, Los Alamos had a big night serving. Oksana Tretiak went on a 9-point scoring, three of those aces, to give the squad firm control of the opener.

Offensively, Los Alamos got several different people involved in the hitting game.

Taylor Ealey had eight spike kills Wednesday, while Molly Willms finished with seven, four of those coming in the final game.

Alex Nichols had a solid game two at the net, while Sabrina Little did likewise in game three.

Setter Jessica Stokes had a big all-around match for the Hilltoppers, leading the team in both digs and assists. Along with her 23 assists, Stokes also had seven kills on the contest.

One of the big things that Hilltopper head coach Diana Stokes said she like in Wednesday’s match was that Jessica Stokes and Ealey seemed to be getting their timing down better when running offensive plays, something that has been fairly spotty this season.

Los Alamos is currently half a game behind Capital (9-5, 3-0 in 2AAAA) for the district lead. Capital swept Taos Wednesday night in Santa Fe.

Next up for Los Alamos is Española Valley, the team that won the 2007 regular season district title — the Hilltoppers pulled off an upset of the Sundevils in the district tournament.

The Sundevils (3-11, 1-1) have struggled for most of 2008, but Stokes said they should be up and ready to take on the Hilltoppers when they meet Saturday afternoon in the valley.