St. Michael’s se­cures likely top seed with tour­ney ti­tle

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Calm, com­posed, cham­pi­ons. The St. Michael’s vol­ley­ball team never lost its head in the Dis­trict 2-3A Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship match against Las Ve­gas Robert­son, and it led to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 sweep Fri­day night in Perez-Shel­ley Gym­na­sium.

The win es­sen­tially se­cures the top seed for the Lady Horse­men (20-2) in next week’s Class 3A State Tour­na­ment. As great as this win was, St. Michael’s head coach Va­lerie Sandoval isn’t about to rest.

“Right now, num­ber one means noth­ing,” Sandoval said. “And I won’t be able to tell them dif­fer­ent un­til Sat­ur­day [Nov. 17, the date of the state tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship matches].”

St. Michael’s beat Robert­son for the sec­ond time this week, thanks to a well­rounded game. The de­fense helped keep Lady Car­di­nals mid­dle hit­ter Alianza Dar­ley in check, while the serv­ing of Dar­ian Or­tiz in Game 3 turned a 15-11 deficit into an 16-15 lead af­ter Molly Maes­tas’ kill. Robert­son hung tough un­til Lau­ren Ful­genzi was called for a dou­ble hit and Tessa Or­tiz’s tip landed out of bounds to give the Lady Horse­men a 24-20 lead.

Robert­son fell to 15-8.

De­mon­ettes sweep Man­zano, make Dis­trict 5-5A ti­tle game

Santa Fe High will get one more shot at pad­ding its ré­sumé.

The De­mon­ettes ad­vanced to the Dis­trict 5-5A Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship with a 25-20, 25-14, 26-24 sweep of Al­bu­querque Man­zano in Toby Roy­bal Memo­rial Gym­na­sium on Fri­day night. Santa Fe High heads to Al­bu­querque San­dia, which is ranked sec­ond in the Free­man rank­ings, to play for the tour­na­ment ti­tle Sat­ur­day. A win would help the De­mon­ettes im­prove their chances for at least a top 10 seed when the Class 6A State Tour­na­ment bracket is an­nounced Sun­day.

Ains­ley Reynolds-Smith was a force at the net on de­fense for Santa Fe High (14-6) as she col­lected 13 blocks to go with nine kills, while Jorja Cham­bers added four blocks. Salome Romp had a team-high 17 kills, while Laila Bernardino and Ciara Mor­gan each had nine. Pac­ing the of­fense was set­ter Court­ney Brookover, who had 33 as­sists.

“Out back row was strong,” Santa Fe High head coach Josie Adams wrote in a text mes­sage. “It was a strong group ef­fort. We fought hard and got the job done!”

Lady Wolves claim sixth straight dis­trict ti­tle

Santa Fe Wal­dorf kept a tra­di­tion go­ing Fri­day night — it won an­other dis­trict ti­tle.

Thanks to strong pass­ing, the Lady Wolves won the Dis­trict 7-1A ti­tle with a 25-7, 25-11, 25-15 sweep of Wala­towa at Chris­tian Life Academy on Fri­day. The win im­proved Wal­dorf to 12-9 and guar­an­teed it a spot in the Class 1A State Tour­na­ment next week. It also was the sixth straight time the Lady Wolves won a dis­trict ti­tle.

Wal­dorf recorded its sev­enth straight win thanks to the pass­ing of de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist Rosa Contreras and out­side hit­ter Rose Moon, which made life eas­ier for fresh­man set­ter Re­becca Scia­r­retta to set up the Lady Wolves hit­ters.

“Re­becca had a lot of great sets, which en­abled out hit­ters to get the ball and re­ally play strong,” Wal­dorf head coach Jon Ca­ley said. “All three of our set­ters have got­ten bet­ter through the sea­son.”

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