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Top volleyball seeds advance at state

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Goddard’s Sophia Price (10) spikes the ball against Los Alamos Thursday in Rio Rancho. (Jerry Holm Photo)

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Goddard was looking to make easy work of Los Alamos, and that they did with a dominating performance in the first round of the playoffs. It took them only three sets to finish Los Alamos.

Goddard wanted a rematch with one of the teams that had defeated them earlier at Ground Zero this season in straight sets. It’s all set for them to face off against each other at 3 p.m., today.

“We have a chance to redeem ourselves,” Goddard coach Dewayne Roberts said. “Santa Teresa is good and they’re a good team. We are going to watch film on them tonight and we’re going to make the adjustments necessary — we’re looking forward to a good match.”

Santa Teresa players and coaches could be heard saying they’re no different than when we played them before. Roberts believes his team will be ready for the matchup.

“It’s a good win for us,” Roberts said. “We came out strong tonight. We’re not taking anything away from Los Alamos, but we knew what we had to stop. My girls played very, very well. We played our style of volleyball and that’s what makes us successful.”

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Goddard plays Santa Teresa today at 3 p.m. in Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center on Court 2.

Roswell

Roswell’s Rael Gonzales (5) goes up for the ball against Las Cruces Thursday in Rio Rancho. (Jerry Holm Photo)

Roswell played well, but lost to Las Cruces in straight sets. All three games were close until the end when Roswell would make errors or could not stop the kills. The good news for Roswell is they are not out of the tournament and they have a chance to win and advance to the finals.

“I felt the first two sets, we did a good job of battling,” Roswell head volleyball coach Heather Baca said. “In the second set, it was point for point, until it was 18-19. We had a big letdown in the third set.”

One of the things that Baca will do is remind her team that they made it this far for a reason. She will try to get them to focus on this game and let her team know they’re not out of it — and they have plenty of talent and time if they just take it one game at a time.

“I think of all of the years that I coached,” Baca said, this year is the one I’m most proud of just because of the growth I have seen in my team this year. Just getting here each year is an accomplishment for us.”

The Lady Coyotes will play today at 1:15 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center on Court 3 against either Santa Fe or Volcano Vista.

Hagerman

Hagerman’s Esther DeLa Cruz (8) hits the ball over a Eunice defender last week in Hagerman. (David Rocha File Photo)

Hagerman showed no signs of intimidation of being on the big stage. The only problem was they were let down in the first set. That didn’t make head coach Monica Morales happy as they blew an 18-11 lead.

“I thought we came out really strong in the beginning,” Morales said. “We got a little lax in the end. I think we thought we had the game won a little too early.”

No worries after an exchange and a talking to by Morales, the Lady Bobcats took care of business and defeated Magdalena: 22-25, 25-17, 25-23 and 25-13. This season feels a lot different for her team than last year.

One of the reasons Morales likes her team so much is they are older and have been to state before, and they are ready for a bigger prize than just being at state.

“We try to play as a team,” Morales said, “we have more experience and we’re trying to play at a faster tempo.”

Hagerman will face Dulce at Santa Ana Star Center on Court 4 at 3 p.m. today.

Dexter

Dexter’s Anayee Carlos (4) is ready to hit the ball as Kayla Aguirre (2) looks on during a game last week in Dexter against Tucumcari. (Jeannie Harris File Photo)

Dexter was defeated in three games by Sandia Prep.

Dexter will play Laguna Acoma at Santa Ana Star Center at 11:30 a.m. on Court 2.

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Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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