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Volleyball loses home opener to St. Michael's

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By Phil Scherer

The tough start to the season for the Los Alamos High School varsity volleyball team continued Thursday night at home, as they fell 3-1 to St. Michael’s.

The Hilltoppers entered the game with a 2-4 record, and were coming off of a victory over Pojoaque High School Tuesday evening.

Their home opener against St. Michael’s wouldn’t go as smoothly, as they were facing a team that entered the game with a 5-1 record.

It was clear who the quicker team was in the first set, as every time the Hilltoppers would begin to go on a run, the Horsemen would put an end to it.

Trailing 20-16, LAHS went on a run to get back within two points thanks to the serving of Alize Garcia, but it was not enough to get them ahead, as they fell in the first set 25-20.

It appeared the second set would be much of the same, but after taking a timeout trailing 17-12, the Hilltopers took off and surged ahead to a 21-19 lead and didn’t look back, taking the set 25-21 and tying the match 1-1

St. Michael’s rolled through the third set, jumping out to a 14-6 lead and never letting go of the control, easily winning the set 25-15 and setting up a must-win fourth set for the Hilltoppers.

Although LAHS was able to keep the third set close throughout, they were never able to take control, keeping them at a disadvantage. Toward the end of the set, they got the score as close as 19-18 but could not take the lead.

The fourth set ended 25-21 in favor of St. Michael’s, ending the match 3-1.

LAHS is now 2-5 this season. They will return to the court Wednesday for a home matchup against Santa Fe High School. The varsity match will begin 20 minutes after the conclusion of the JV match, around 6 p.m.