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Phil Scherer
Elise Olivas (1) and Natalie Gallegos (11) have played key roles in leading LAHS to the regular season district championship this season.
Atomic City Update: Turnaround of LAHS volleyball has been incredible

On Sept. 15, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team had a 3-7 record and appeared to be headed toward non-relevance. Then, something amazing happened. From that point forward, the Hilltoppers went 9-1 and won the regular season district championship. 

It’s the kind of turnaround you usually only hear about in the movies and in fictional books. Seemingly overnight, the Hilltoppers turned their season around. Sophia Salazar and Natalie Gallegos turned into the types of players everyone has seen flashes of since they started playing volleyball at the high school. 

Kyla Sandoval has stepped up at the libero position, and has become one of the top defensive players in the entire state. She played a key part in big Hilltopper victories against Española Valley and Pojoaque Valley, as did Elodie Thelliez, Gracie Swenson, Ariel Edkin, Janessa Gonzales and Gabriella Duran. 

To put the turnaround in even more context, remember that the Hilltoppers went just 7-16 last year, and were considered one of the weakest teams in the whole state. In last year’s regular season, the team won only five games. Only one of those came against district competition, and only one of those happened at Griffith Gymnasium. 

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