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Prep volleyball: Texico tops Clayton for 5-3A title

 

November 5, 2017

Kevin Wilson

Texico sophomore Riley Thompson tries to get a kill over Clayton freshman Mandy Crisp in the third set of Saturday's District 5-3A championship Saturday at Texico Sports Arena. Thompson had 11 kills in Texico's 25-20, 25-14, 25-7 win.

TEXICO — Maryelle Dickerman admitted she was a little shocked to discover Clayton had upset Santa Rosa Thursday night in the District 5-3A volleyball semifinals and prevented — for now, at least — another Texico-Santa Rosa showdown.

Shocked, but not paralyzed.

Texico discovered exactly how Clayton had played well enough to reach Saturday's title game, but still pulled away quickly for a 25-20, 25-14, 25-7 victory at Texico Sports Arena.

Dickerman had 17 kills and two blocks to lead the Lady Wolverines (18-4), who expect to get Class 3A's top seed as they look to make it four consecutive championships and 10 in the last 12 years.

Texico has never had more than three defeats in any of its last three title runs, but coach Kristen Scanlan thinks the Wolverines should get the top seed if strength of schedule plays a role. Texico's losses came to Santa Rosa and three 4A schools — St. Michael's, Portales and defending champ Sandia Prep.

Not getting a district title match against the Lions, Scanlan said, probably eliminates the possibility that Texico and Santa Rosa enter the bracket as 1-2. That means they'd be more likely to see each other in an early round than a state title match, though pool play somewhat de-emphasizes seeding.

At 6-17, it's unlikely Clayton will receive one of 3A's 12 tournament seeds.

"They have come a long way this season," Scanlan said, "and some of their top players are juniors. They will be a tough team to face next season."

The Wolverines also got 11 kills and two aces from Riley Thompson, and 32 assists between Bayley Sours (17) and Kaylee Miller (15). Cynthia Reynoso added 10 digs.

Dickerman felt Clayton was able to get to the title match because it was strong both offensively and defensively, and Santa Rosa is probably a little bit more heavy on offense.

"We need to keep working on our offense, eliminate unforced errors and work in practice to make sure we're improving our defense," Dickerman said. "If we are as good offensively as we were in today's third set, we should be all right."

 

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