WEEKEND ROUNDUP: East, West spikers near rematch

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Jazmine Harge and Brooke Knezevich combined for nearly three dozen kills Thursday night, leading Robertson to a key District 2-3A volleyball win over host St. Michael's in Santa Fe.

The Lady Cardinals (13-5, 6-2) swept the Lady Horsemen 25-20, 25-21, 25-14.

RHS hosts Santa Fe Indian on Tuesday evening.

West Las Vegas took an improved Raton volleyball team to a fifth set for the second time in as many meetings this season on Thursday, then fell victim to mighty Pojoaque in a Saturday sweep.

The top-ranked Elkettes won 25-13, 25-12, 25-16. The Lady Dons fell to 6-12 and 1-7.

Both Las Vegas teams go head to head on Thursday in the "Dig Pink" promotion being promoted by the New Mexico Activities Association. Gate proceeds from Thursday's matches will be donated to the statewide "Dig Pink" fund set up to combat breast cancer. There will also be commemorative T-shirt sales and a raffle with the prizes being the special pink volleyballs used in the match; profits go to the charity.

According to the NMAA, New Mexico prep volleyball teams raised $70,000 last season for breast cancer awareness and research, and this year's goal is $100,000.

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Western State and Fort Lewis conspired over the weekend to drop the Highlands volleyball record to 1-23 overall and 0-15 in the RMAC.

The Cowgirls pushed Fort Lewis' Skyhawks (6-16, 4-10) on Friday night, battlling close in a 25-22 game one loss, falling 25-17 in game two, rallying for a 25-20 game three win before slipping 25-14 in the decisive game four.

Vanessa Leal's 11 kills and Katie Spence's 24 digs were among the highights for NMHU. Doreen Zamora added eight kills and 10 digs.

Western State's Mountaineers dictated the tempo Saturday in a 25-13, 25-16, 25-21 sweep.

Dominique Benton was the Cowgirls' kill leader with nine, and she also had two solo blocks. Krista Kallish had a team-high nine digs.

Highlands' losing skid hit 16 matches.

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No. 2 Raton downed No. 3 St. Mike's in a 36-35 thrill-ride that required overtime Friday. The Tigers are sitting pretty atop the District 2-3A standings with two games left.

In other key gridiron action from Class 3A, top-ranked Lovington edged No. 7 Albuquerque Academy 28-24, No. 5 Socorro took care of Hot Springs 26-14, No. 4 Bloomfield bombed Wingate 58-22. No. 10 Hatch Valley (now the home of former RHS staffer Robert Lovato) pulled a mild upset of No. 8 Cobre 21-13.

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For coverage of Sunday’s seeding and selection meeting for the state high school soccer tournament, please see Wednesday’s issue of the Optic.