Sophomore setter Elodie Theiliez sets the ball in match versus Pojoaque. Courtesy photo
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Voice of the Hilltoppers
Tuesday evening the Hilltopper volleyball team played host to the Pojoaque Elkettes. With buckets of rain falling outside, Griffith Gym was warm and very humid inside.
Momentum plays a big role in volleyball and the Toppers had trouble getting “big mo” to move to their side of the net. Volleyball is also very much a teamwork sport and the Toppers were playing without two senior regulars.
The Elkettes started strong winning the first set 25-15 keyed by a 5-point surge beginning at 9-5. The Toppers were much more respectable in the second set even leading at 16-15; however, Pojoaque’s Alyssa Rodriguez served four straight winning points and Toppers fell 25-21.
Led by strong serving by Kaitlin Bennett and Gabriela Vallejos the Toppers led most of the way and won the third set 25-14. The Elkettes rallied for a fourth set victory behind the serving of Analisa Lovato. The final score was 25-18. Seniors Ellie Hayward and Kaitlin Bennett led the Toppers in kills with nine each. Sophomore Sophia Salazar had 8 kills for the Toppers.
Thursday evening the Toppers travel to play at Saint Michael’s. The next home volleyball action is Saturday of homecoming weekend when they host Rio Grande.