While the first set held promise, what was to be the shootout of the tournament ended up with the Bears sweeping Sandia, 30-28, 25-15, 25-23.
La Cueva’s Sidney McIntosh went blow-for-blow with Sandia’s hotshot hitter Cali Hobart, earning 17 kills and 15 kills, respectively, but the supporting cast for McIntosh played stronger; Wallace with 7 kills and Sharp earning 6. The Matadors looked a little off, not playing as sharp as they did when they swept a very capable Bulldawg team in the quarterfinals.
Having Sharp, Wallace, and McIntosh for one more year, Coach Archibeque is sitting on a goldmine. Sandia is also young and having Hobart with a chip on her shoulder for a whole offseason won’t bode well for the competition next year.