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By Dave Kavanaugh

Reaching the championship match of any given tournament has become a habit for Robertson’s volleyball team.

The Lady Cardinals (4-1) came away with a runner-up finish in this past weekend’s Zia Classic in Roswell.

Robertson is ranked No 1 among the state’s Class 3A teams. Coach Rayne Gerhart’s Lady Cards are two-time state runners-up.

The team followed a brilliant showing in pool play with a 3-0 defeat of Roswell’s junior varsity on Friday and a 3-1 win over Lubbock Christian on Saturday morning.

In the final, Class 4A Roswell’s Goddard prevailed, 25-22, 25-17, 25-14.

Setter Daniella Montoya and hitter Kassandra Tapia earned selection to the Classic’s all-tourney team.  

RHS and West Las Vegas are slated to compete in this coming weekend’s Tournament of Champions in Santa Fe.

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New Mexico Highlands scored its second goal of the season — and the second in as many games — but lost 5-1 at Regis University on Friday afternoon in Denver.

The Cowgirls are 0-4 under coach Justin Wagar; the host Rangers are 4-1.

St. Mike’s alumnus Jordan Miller put the first two goals on the scoreboard for Regis, both on assists by Lexi Tagen. Miller struck first in the 14th minute, drawing out NMHU keeper Lauren Waite and then dribbling past her for the score. Less than five minutes later, Miller popped in a header goal off a Tagen corner kick.

Highlands’ Jessica Heninger notched her second goal of the year 29:30 into the match, and Stephanie Devisser and Estelle Rocco were credited with assists.

Just 35 seconds later, however, Tagen made it 3-1 on a penalty kick, and that would be the score at intermission.

Miller had assists on the Rangers’ two second-half goals. The first came in the 60th minute on a give-and-go play punched in by Marissa Davis. Miller and Davis passed to Shawnee Wood for a score in the 64th minute.

Waite had two saves; Shannon Delarosbil one for Highlands.

Cowgirls Heninger, Kimberly Hutchings and Krista Mashak had shots on goal.

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In college volleyball action, NMHU lost for the ninth time in 10 matches Thursday, as Mesa State swept, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.

Krista Kallish led the Cowgirls with six kills, 10 digs and three service aces. Colleen Chauncey had five kills.

Dominique Benton blocked seven attacks  and assisted on another block to go with two kills.

Mesa State led throughout and had a particularly hot hand from Tessa Andrews, who spiked 15 kills on a .370 attack clip.

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Robertson’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams found offense hard to come by in a doubleheader defeat Saturday against visiting Ruidoso.

The Warriors won 1-0 in the girls’ matchup, then took a 3-0 decision in the boys’ contest.

In the girls’ match, Ruidoso didn’t score until early in the second half. The visitors then dodged bullets in shots on goal by Belen Romero and a couple other Lady Cards.

Ruidoso’s boys led 2-0 at half, tacking on an insurance goal late.