Lady Tigers set to host VHS on Tuesday

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There were no bumps in the road for Los Lunas volleyball this past week in District 6-4A play. The Tigers (14-1) improved to 4-0 in the district with straight set wins over Gallup and Miyamura.

There were no bumps in the road for Los Lunas volleyball this past week in District 6-4A play. The Tigers (14-1) improved to 4-0 in the district with straight set wins over Gallup and Miyamura.

It brings the Tigers to two of their biggest challenges in the district race, with Valencia visiting on Tuesday and Belen coming to the Tiger Athletic Center on Thursday. Both matches are slated for around 6:30 p.m.

The match against Valencia (12-2, 4-0) is the annual Dig Pink match that the Los Lunas team uses to build support for breast cancer research.

Coach Leah Newton hoped to see a big crowd for the match with the second-place Jaguars.

"That will be our big, big night. It will be a good game," said Newton of the match with their county rival. "Wear pink on Tuesday, and come support us. It will be an exciting match."

Los Lunas 3, Miyamura 0

There were not a lot of rallies in the Tigers' easy home win over the visiting Patriots. Los Lunas was never challenged, winning 25-10, 25-11 and 25-15.

The front line dominated and the emergence of freshman Kelsey Bell continued for the district-leading Tigers.

Junior Teige Zeller led the attack with 11 kills, including getting the match point on a set from Bell. The Grants transfer said that her close relationships with her new teammates came during summer basketball workouts.

"All the girls here are really nice. A lot of the volleyball girls are in basketball, too. Over the summer we got to know each other. They are really welcoming," said Zeller.

Mykayla Moody and Katie Inman had 10 kills each.

Bell had an incredible 35 assists as she fed the front line throughout the three games for easy shots against the Patriot defense.

Bell had 13 digs, but it was the play of Carley Medina along the back line that made a big difference. She had 30 digs on shots by Miyamura.

Newton was satisfied with the effort.

"I am really proud of the way the girls played," Newton said. "They work really hard and they are getting better. We still have some things areas we definitely can improve on."

Zeller commented that the defensive play and the setting of Bell gave the front line more opportunities.

"I think it was more for us tonight, because we were doing well. I feel like I am getting a lot better, a lot more confidence. The setters will set me more, because of that," said Zeller.

Newton agreed that was the goal for the Tigers against Miyamura.

"We want the control of the game on our side. We are working on doing things right on our side of the net," said Newton.

"In that respect, I think that will helps prepare us for any opponent that we play."

Los Lunas 3, Gallup 0

Los Lunas won at Gallup on Tuesday night, 25-8, 25-13 and 25-21.

The Tigers got outstanding play from the front line, which had 33 kills.

Katie Inman led the way with 10 kills, Zeller had nine, and Moody and freshman Bell had four each.

Bell had all 26 assists and is quickly becoming the player the offense is going through for the Tigers. She also had eight digs, three aces and 15 service points.

Moody led the team at the serve with 22 service points. Isabella Olguin contributed 11 and Carley Medina had 10.


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