BELEN — An injury-plagued Belen High School volleyball team (3-2) swept Highland on Thursday night (25-10, 25-15, 25-9).
Losing senior captains Maya Montano and Reylene Lucero as well as junior starter Cheyenne Wells, head coach Andi Montano has called up junior varsity players. Those junior varsity players have all but exceeded expectations.
“We had to play without mistakes,” said Coach Montano. “ We did a really good job at that.”
The Eagles controlled the entire match. Highland (0-2) held a lead early in the second set, but it wasn’t long before the Eagles took control again.
Junior Hope Jaramillo and sophomore McKenzie Wood led the Eagles with 5 kills each. Coach Montano pointed out junior Olivia King also had big night and senior Megan Chavez did a great job filling in the injured Cheyenne Wells’ usual setting duties.
The Eagles’ next match will be at Espanola Valley High School on Tuesday Sept. 11. Coach Montano hopes the team will improve upon their errors.
“We had too many unforced errors,” said Coach Montano. “We just have to pull it together.”
In other volleyball news, the defending 5A volleyball state champions at Los Lunas High School (2-1) swept Alamogordo (25-12, 25-21, 25-18) in their home opener on Tuesday.
The match, which was originally scheduled to be played at Alamogordo (3-2), was played in front of a large crowd of supporters.
“Our crowd is usually here to support us every time,” said interim head coach Tanya Sanchez. “We were actually pretty excited because it was a quick change-up.”
Alamogordo gave Los Lunas a scare in the second set. However, Los Lunas was able to maintain their composure and keep the lead too great for their opponents.
Senior Samantha Lente led Los Lunas with 8 kills, while senior Jadyn Schollander and junior Danielle Ross chipped in with 4 kills each.
Next up for Los Lunas is the Santa Fe Invite at Santa Fe High School on Sept. 14-15. Coach Coach Sanchez wants to see improvement as the season progresses.
“We have to work on our defense and our enthusiasm,” said Coach Sanchez. “We need to get the ball to the center, so we can get a good offense in.”
Valencia High School volleyball (1-1) has not yet played on their home court. However, they’ve had good performances on the road, including a sweep of West Las Vegas High School. Currently, they are competing at the Moriarty tournament.
The Jags’ first home match will be against Chaparral High School on Sept. 15.