PHS, Elida cruise

CMI staff

RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams achieved their first goal in Thursday’s Class 3A state volleyball tournament at Santa Ana Star Center — win their pool and not have to play a Thursday night match.

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PNT correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero
PHS sophomore Sheraya Cox tips one over the net during the Lady Rams’ Class 3A pool-play match against Las Vegas Robertson on Thursday afternoon at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. PHS won the pool and drew a bye into today’s quarterfinal play.

Senior outside hitter Kristen Wagner collected 13 kills and senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Simone Laurenz added seven kills and four of the team’s 12 aces as Portales defeated Las Vegas Robertson 25-13, 25-9 and Sandia Prep 25-18, 25-22 in Pool B. The Lady Rams (16-5), the No. 2 seed overall behind Hope Christian, face Raton, a 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10 winner late Thursday over Shiprock, in a 3 p.m. quarterfinal match today.

Senior libero Francis Armijo added three aces as six Portales players contributed in that department.

“Our serving was solid; we just took (both opponents) our of their offense,” Lady Rams coach Ruth Chavez said. “One of our goals was to get through pool play and not have to play Thursday night. We played pretty well today.”

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PNT correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero
Elida’s Hunter Haley lunges for a dig during the Lady Tigers’ Class B pool-play match against Mosquero on Thursday afternoon at Rio Rancho High School. The top-seeded Lady Tigers, seeking a fourth consecutive Class B title, face Gateway Christian in an 11:30 a.m. quarterfinal today at Cleveland H.S. in Rio Rancho.

Meantime, three-time defending Class B champion Elida swept through four-team Pool A to set up an 11:30 a.m. quarterfinal match today against Gateway Christian. The Class B tournament moves to the Star Center for 6:30 p.m. semifinals today and Saturday’s 9 a.m. championship match.

The Lady Tigers (20-1) beat Evangel Christian 21-10, 21-9; Mosquero 21-8, 21-19, and Santa Fe Waldorf 21-16, 21-15 in pool play.

“We played well,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “We got complacent at times and let teams back in, but we did what we needed to do and we’ll get started again in the morning.”

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