Cleveland Storm making waves
Cleveland swept Volcano Vista on Saturday 25-15, 25-20, 25-21, playing without two starters because of injury. Cassie House had 12 kills and two blocks. Sara Hattis had 10 kills and five blocks, Jordan Bruere had 31 assists and Lindsay Bost had 12 digs.
At Rio Rancho on Thursday, the Storm did something no one else could do: beat Rio Rancho at home for the first time in 72 games. A streak that began on September 12, 2002.
Marissa Calvillo had 16 kills and two aces, Jordan Bruere had 48 assists and two aces, Cassie House had 17 kills and four blocks, Courtney Lawson racked up 12 kills and 15 digs, Sara Hattis had 10 kills and two blocks. Mariah Gonzales had 25 digs.
Tularosa wins District
The Lady Wildcats defeated Lordsburg 25-21, 25-11, 25-15 on Saturday in Lordsburg. The win makes them the regular season District 6-2A champs and qualifies them for an automatic berth in the state tournament.
Look for Tulie to continue their hot streak when they host Mesilla Valley Christian on Thursday evening.
Read about the win in the Alamogordo Daily News.
St. Pius defeats Albuquerque Academy
On Thursday, St Pius beat Albuquerque Academy for the second time in one of the most exciting games of the year in Albuquerque, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25,19-25, 16-14.
The large crowd was very loud and was treated to a lengthy but excellent match. In the 5th and deciding game St Pius pulled ahead to a 10-5 lead before Academy went on a tear and took the lead 14-11. After a side out to make it 12 – 14 senior Gabby Rivera made points on 2 beautiful serves to tie it at 14. A rocket kill followed by tip down the line by Sara Weber ended the match.
Lexi Biondi led St Pius with 18 kills, Lauren Roveto and Sara Weber each had 16 and Hannah Grazda had 7. Prior to the match Sara Weber from St Pius and Kristen Holt from Academy were presented State Farm Insurance Player of the Week awards for Albuquerque from Marty Saiz, one of the biggest supporters of New Mexico high school athletics.
These 2 teams are likely to meet again in a couple weeks at the district tournament.
Times breaks down EP volleyball
- District 1-5A: Playoff spots were wrapped up Friday when Americas swept Montwood. The Trailblazers (20-9 and 9-5 in district) swept the season series with the Rams (22-12, 7-7) ensuring a playoff spot if the teams finish with the same record. Eastwood (30-3, 14-0) clinched the district title with a victory over the T-Birds and Franklin (30-12, 13-2) will finish as the runner-up. Coronado (18-20, 10-4) is currently in third.
- District 2-4A: Riverside (29-7, 11-0) will finish as district champion followed by Canutillo (17-10, 9-2). Del Valle (15-13, 7-4) is third and Horizon (13-16, 6-5) is fourth with one game left.
- District 1-4A: The title belongs to Chapin (31-11, 13-0). El Paso (23-10, 11-2) is second, Jefferson (22-11, 8-5) is third, and Burges (19-18, 7-6) or Andress (19-9, 6-7) will take the final spot. A Burges win over El Paso or an Andress loss to Chapin will give it to the Mustangs. However, a Burges loss and Andress win will give the Eagles a shot at the tie-breaker.
Scores from Thursday
Pojoaque 3, Hope Christian 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23)
Menaul 3, Victory Christian 2 (27-25,25-17, 19-25, 15-13)
Cleveland 3, Rio Rancho 2 (32-30, 14-25, 16-25, 27-25, 16-14)
St. Pius 3, Abq Academy 2 (25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 19 -25, 16-14)
Los Lunas 3, Gallup 1 (19-22, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24)
Belen 3, Miyamura 0 (25-6, 25-23, 25-14)
Gadsden 3, Mayfield 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-16)