Pecos, Peñasco win in losers bracket

Northern New Mexico has two survivors of the Class 2A losers bracket Friday, but how long will their Saturday be?

Pecos, the fourth seed, and No. 9 Peñasco advanced to semifinals on that side of the draw and will play at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Santa Ana Star Center. The winner advances to the championship semifinals.

The Lady Panthers’ path in the losers bracket had a Northern flavor to it, as they swept No. 6 Coronado, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 in the morning opening round. Pecos (20-5) followed that by beating No. 10 Desert Academy, 21-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-13 to reach an elimination showdown with No. 3 Hagerman. The winner plays top seed Texico in an official semifinal, as the double-elimination portion of the tournament changes to a single-elimination format.

Meanwhile, Peñasco (17-8) started its day with a five-game marathon against No. 7 Eunice, winning 22-25, 25-22, 28-26, 21-25, 15-11. The evening match was much easier, as it swept No. 11 Magdalena, 25-20, 25-10, 25-13. Peñasco, which is also called the Lady Panthers, faces No. 5 Mescalero Apache for the right to play No. 2 Dulce.

Meanwhile, No. 8 Monte del Sol saw its season end at the hands of the

Lady Wildcats, its District 2-2A foe. Desert Academy (13-10) won, 27-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19. The Lady Dragons finished 20-6.

Class 5A

For the second night in a row, Santa Fe High played late into the night. For the second night in a row, the fifth-seeded Demonettes lost.

No. 8 Rio Rancho Cleveland swept them, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to advance to the losers bracket semifinal against

No. 3 Albuquerque Cibola on Saturday.

Santa Fe High beat No. 11 Roswell in the opening round of the loser’s bracket, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, and ended its season with a 20-6 record.

Class 4A

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Los Alamos saw its season conclude in the opening round of the losers bracket, as No. 9

Silver swept the No. 7 Lady Hilltoppers, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24, in the Star Center. Los Alamos ended its season at 15-9. Fellow District 2-4A member Pojoaque Valley also saw its season end on a down note — with its fourth straight loss against a team that it beat in the regular season.

This time, it was No. 8 Albuquerque Hope Christian that handed the No. 10 Elkettes the defeat with a sweep.

Pojoaque (15-9) beat the Lady Huskies in September for the Tournament of Champions title at Santa Fe High.

Class 1A

Santa Fe Waldorf’s stay in the 1A bracket ended with a sweep at the hands of No. 6 Tatum at Rio Rancho High School. The Lady Wolves finished their season at 9-14.

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