Texico’s Richardson helps South win 1A-2A all-star volleyball match

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBUQUERQUE — Hitters Lori Richardson and Becki Carr helped the South to a 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 win over the North in the 1A-2A high school All-Star volleyball game Tuesday.

Texico’s Richardson and Carr, who attends Mesilla Valley Christian in Las Cruces, each finished with eight kills. Carr’s teammate, Jocelyn Adams, helped the South take control of the match by serving through a nine-point turnaround in the second game.

In the Class 3A-5A contest, the North twice rallied from one-game deficits to post a 22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 16-14 victory.

Both teams struggled early in the 1A-2A match to find their rhythm. The South took a 11-7 lead in the first game before the North fought back with help from Ramah’s Justina George and Magdelena’s Anjelina Torres to tie the game at 22-22 before the South closed it out.

The South swept through game two on Adams’ serves and the hitting of Carr and Dexter’s Stephanie Silva. In the third game, the North closed to 22-17, but the South won all but two of the final points to take the match.
George finished with eight kills and Torres had seven for the North.

Class 3A-5A — The South had a height advantage and a history of victories on its side, but the North rallied to win the 3A-5A match Tuesday, marking the third time in the last two decades that the large-school match has gone to five games.

“I think it going to five games tells you how much talent we had on both sides of the net,” said Deming hitter Catherine Clay.

In the fifth game, Rio Rancho’s Tamara Fowler made a kill that staved off a South match point. After she served to the heart of the South’s defense, Portales’ Megan Kabrick sent a ball across the net that found the North off-balance.

But La Cueva’s Courtney Waye was able to slap the ball across to an open space where it fell for the winning point.

The fourth game went back-and-forth affair, with the North assuming a 16-12 lead midway through only to lose four straight points to the South. The North eventually took advantage of two South errors to win and force a fifth game.