Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Teams Take Talents to Ga.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

* Two Duke City squads will compete in the U.S. Junior Olympic Volleyball tournament

Among a myriad of things, New Mexico is renown for the sizzling nature of its chile, the dazzling nature of its balloon fiesta and the puzzling nature of its alleged history with aliens.

Nowhere is it recognized as a hotbed of promising volleyball talent.

Two Albuquerque teams headed to Georgia later this week hope to significantly tweak that perception.

"I think it's time New Mexico makes a statement," said Gayle Tripp, a junior-to-be at Rio Rancho High School. "New Mexico isn't known to have good volleyball, but we have two very good teams going and I think both are going to do really good. …

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