Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Opposites To Meet in Volleyball.(Sports)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

No. 1 Las Cruces Faces Rio Rancho

Traditional powers vs. exuberant newcomers: Such are the pairings for Friday's Class AAAAA state volleyball tournament semifinals at West Mesa High School.

One side of the bracket features top-ranked Las Cruces, arguably the state's most dominant volleyball program in recent years, facing Rio Rancho, making its first state appearance.

The other semifinal pits Cibola, a state tournament fixture, against Sandia, which rose from mediocrity to dominance this season.

Recent histories aside, all four teams appear capable of taking the blue state-championship trophy home this weekend.

"I'm not really sure there's a favorite," says Sandia coach Cella Garcia. …

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