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Hilltopper Volleyball Ends Season In District Semifinal

on November 6, 2017 - 4:51pm

Sophia Salazar's spike kills the ball in the first set. Photo by John McHale/ 


Kimberly McKinley blocks a ball. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post


SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got on a roll, winning three of their past four games heading into a District 2-5A semifinal match against the Capital Jaguars on Thursday night.

The ‘Toppers started out strong as the aggressors in game one, maintaining a two- to four-point lead for the majority of the match. Capital did come back in the game to outscore Los Alamos 9-4 en route to a 25-20 win.

Los Alamos came out flat in game two, looking shell-shocked from dropping the first game. Capital easily won 25-11 in a game that wasn’t as close as the lopsided score.

With all the momentum, Capital opened game three by quickly scoring the first four points. The Jaguars looked well on their way to sweeping the game, going up 17-10 before a Los Alamos timeout. Recognizing the end of the season was fast approaching, the ‘Toppers rallied to tie the game at 17. The two teams traded hard-earned points for the remainder of the game until the Jaguars were able to pull ahead for the 25-22 win and sweep.

The very young Hilltopper team finished the tough season with a 7-16 record.

The Jaguars forced the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to five games before eventually dropping the district championship 3-2.

Natalie Gallegos goes head-to-head with a pair of Demon defenders in the second set. Photo by John McHale/

Elise Olivas and Sophia Salazar try a pancake save in the third set. Photo by John McHale/

Eden Schmierer returns the ball in the third set. Photo by John McHale/