Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rio Rancho Finds Way To Top Cibola.(Sports)

Byline: From Journal Reports


RIO RANCHO The Rio Rancho volleyball team smashed a three-year district losing streak to Cibola on Thursday night, overcoming an early deficit and rolling to a 15-12, 15-13, 15-9 sweep.

Powerful hitting was the difference for the host Rams as Jessica Steele, Meagan Kamplain and Heather Nisbet combined for 38 kills and dominated the net much of the night. After a tentative start, Rio Rancho established itself as the aggressor in the District 1AAAAA opener for both teams.

"This was the year," said Steele, who led the Rams with 15 kills. "We played Cibola so tough last year but came up short. We knew we had to get the job done this year. …

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