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