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District volleyball tourney runs through Saturday

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Pojoaque Valley will host the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final on Saturday night in Jacona.

Both of Las Vegas’ high school teams will be vying to make that date with the Elkettes.

Fourth-seeded Robertson was to host fifth-seeded Taos at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mike Marr Gym in the opening match of the tournament. Tuesday’s winner plays at third-seeded Raton at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Then Wednesday’s winner visits second-seeded West Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Friday night’s victor gets a shot at regular-season champ Pojoaque.

The district final will be the second half of a doubleheader. West Las Vegas’ junior varsity will play Pojoaque in the JV championship match beginning at 5 p.m., also at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

The Lady Cardinals finished the regular season 8-11 overall and 3-5 in district play under head coach Judith Trujillo. They swept the regular -season series with Taos, winning 3-0 on Oct. 12 in Taos and 3-1 on Oct. 29 at Mike Marr Gym. Against Raton, the Lady Cardinals split, falling in three sets on Oct. 15 at home but prevailing 3-2 on Oct. 26 on the road.

West Las Vegas compiled a 15-5 overall record and went 6-2 in District 2-3A under Mary Bustos. The Lady Dons’ only two district losses came against the Elkettes  (16-4, 8-0). In cruising to eight match victories, Pojoaque won 24 of 26 games against 2-3A opponents, with Robertson and West the only teams to take a set from the Elkettes.

Pojoaque is led by head coach Eric Zamora, a onetime assistant with New Mexico Highlands. His staff includes Mora native Ricky DeHerrera and former Las Vegan Mark Loera.