RIO RANCHO — The Fort Sumner Vixens are positioned for a repeat Class 1A state volleyball title, which would be their sixth crown in the last 14 years.
Fort Sumner on Friday defeated Magdalena 25-13, 25-20, 25-21 in the 1A state quarterfinals, then came back later to blitz Springer 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 in the semifinals at the Santa Ana Star Center.
The Vixens (21-3) will face Tatum, a 25-22, 18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 16-14 winner over Animas in Friday’s other semifinal, in today’s noon championship match.
Junior Sarah Stinnett had 16 kills and 12 digs and junior Masy Miller added 12 kills and eight digs for the Vixens against Springer (19-5). The Red Devils got eight kills from Rainie Ramirez.
Veteran Vixens coach Lisa McMath said her team played a bit tight in the semifinals.
“I think we played kind of conservative,” she said. “I thought my younger girls played nervous, tentative. We’ll definitely have to relax to make it a fight for the title.”
Earlier, Stinnett had 14 kills and 10 digs and Miller added 10 kills in the win over Rehoboth (19-5). Senior setter Justyne McMath had 68 assists in the two matches, inclouding 36 against Springer.
Two area teams were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Floyd took Animas to five sets before falling 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11, while Grady dropped a 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 decision to Springer.