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4 Albuquerque volleyball teams advance in state tournament

Four of the five Albuquerque prep volleyball teams in action Monday night in the quarterfinals of the state volleyball tournament advanced to the next round.

In Class 4A, No. 2 seed Albuquerque Academy easily swept No. 7 Gallup, while in Moriarty, No. 4 seed Hope Christian swept No. 5 Portales. The top seed, Goddard, beat No. 8 seed Valley in three sets.

Class 3A’s No. 2 seed, Sandia Prep, needed only three sets to defeat seventh-seeded Dexter in Estancia.

In Class 1A, No. 2 seed Evangel Christian/Oak Grove Classical Academy — whose players voted to play No. 7 Mountainair on the road just so families and fans could watch them — beat Mountainair in four sets.

The co-op squad will face No. 3 seed Gateway Christian (from Roswell) on Tuesday — also in Mountainair — in the semifinals.

The 5A quarterfinals are Tuesday, including No. 3 seed La Cueva at home against sixth-seeded Las Cruces, No. 5 Cleveland visiting No. 4 Piedra Vista, and seventh-seeded Albuquerque High traveling to No. 2 Centennial.