TEXICO — The Texico Lady Wolverines are set to begin their four-peat bid.
Texico cruised past Clayton 25-15, 25-15, 25-15 Saturday in the District 6-2A tournament finals, and now awaits the district 5-2A runnerup, either Capitan or Tularosa, in a first-round state match at Texico either on Friday or Saturday. Clayton (15-6) will play at the 5-2A tournament champion in the opening round of state.
The Lady Wolverines (20-1), who have lost only two games all season in 19 matches against New Mexico competition, pulled away late in the first set against Clayton, then pretty much dominated the second and third games.
“I thought our kids played well as a team,” second-year Texico coach Kristen Scanlan said. “We had some mistakes, but Fallon (Scanlan, the team’s setter) did a good job of running the offense.
“There were times when (Clayton) just couldn’t stop us.”
Senior Victoria Richards had 10 kills and senior Katlin Luscombe added eight kills and four blocks for Texico, while sophomore Jaylyn Cooper had seven kills and seven blocks.
Texico’s only loss this season was at Texas Class 2A champion Bushland. The Lady Wolverines have swept everyone else except for 3-1 wins over Tularosa on Sept. 19 and Santa Rosa on Oct. 22
Vixens take title — At Fort Sumner, the Vixens claimed the District 3-1A tournament championship with a hard-fought 25-23, 26-24, 20-25,25-12 win over Floyd.
Junior Sarah Stinnett compiled 18 kills and four aces for Fort Sumner 918-3), the defending Class 1A champion. The Vixens have captured five 1A state titles under coach Lisa McMath since 1996.
Junior Masy Miller added 17 kills, while junior Candy Joe Webb posted 11 kills and three blocks. Junior setter Justyne McMath collected 51 assists.
Tori Tucker led the Lady Broncos (14-3) with 13 kills and 10 assists.