Lyric Ellison had 16 kills and Volcano Vista rode strong serving and defense to a District 1-6A-opening 3-1 home victory over Cibola. The set scores were 25-15, 25-13, 21-25, 25-21.
Dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness, the Hawks (7-4) came out firing early and led nearly wire to wire in the first two sets. Ellison supplied much of the hitting, while Lauren Wilmert registered five of her six blocks. The Hawks’ back-row play was solid, as well.
“I thought our coverage was really good and that was a big key for us,” VVHS coach Dawn CdeBaca said. “We’d never, ever beaten Cibola, so this is huge for us. I’m really proud of my team.”
The Cougars (8-2) picked up the pace in set three. Hannah Thompson had seven of her 13 kills in the set. Cibola appeared set to force a fifth set, building a 19-12 lead in the fourth behind Aleah Martinez’s strong work at the net.
But the Hawks put together a strong finishing rally, scoring 13 of the final 15 points and closing the match out on a kill by Hallie Simoes.
– Ken Sickenger
LA CUEVA 6, HIGHLAND 0: At Highland, Aaron Otto scored three goals in the first 21 minutes as the Bears routed the Hornets.
BOSQUE SCHOOL 3, SANTA FE PREP 0: At Bosque, Barrett Meigs scored on a penalty kick and made four saves in a shutout to lead the Bobcats.
Aaron McCallister and Roan Conley also scored for Bosque.
SANDIA PREP 1, SANDIA 1: At the APS Soccer Complex, Marco Fernandez scored in the 13th minute for Sandia and Alec Lamberty answered with a goal in the 23rd for the Sundevils as the two teams played to a draw after playing two overtimes.
ABQ. ACADEMY 1, AZTEC 0: At Albuquerque Academy, Rhi Hill scored in the 66th minute off an assist from Isabel Gallegos to lift the Chargers.
LA CUEVA 10, HIGHLAND 0: At the APS Soccer Complex, Jordyn Lacy scored three goals, Noir Hawash scored twice and added an assist and the Bears outshot the Hornets 29-0 in an easy win.
ELDORADO 5, MANZANO 0: At the APS Soccer Complex, Valerie Maestas and Jessie Hix each scored two goals in the Eagles’ win over the Monarchs.