Texico, Fort Sumner take titles

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TEXICO — Sophomore Lori Richardson had 16 kills and junior Amber Parmer added 12 kills and 10 blocks as Texico erased a nine-point, third-game deficit with 40 of the match’s final 54 points to beat Estancia 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-11 Saturday in the District 6-2A tournament championship at Texico Sports Arena.
The Lady Spikers (17-5), who stretched their winning streak to a season-best five, will host Estancia and District 5-2A representatives Questa and Cimarron in regional competition on Friday and Saturday. Estancia (19-5) will face the 5-2A champion and Texico the runnerup on Friday, likely at 5 and 7 p.m., with the championship tentatively set for 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Texico got a side-out to close to 19-11 in the third game, then ran off the next 11 points with junior Ashley Kidd on the service line. The Lady Spikers pulled away from a 10-8 lead in game 4.
“We just got going, (Estancia) made a few errors and we jumped on them,” Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said of the turnaround. “They(Lady Bears) were playing well at the time, and I’m just hoping we can go five (games).”
Kidd had seven aces in the match for the Lady Spikers, who pulled away from a 10-8 lead in game 4, while junior Ashley Littlejohn contributed seven blocks and four aces.

FORT SUMNER 3, ELIDA 0 — At Elida, junior Kayla Britain combined 15 kills, four digs and three aces Saturday night as second-seeded Fort Sumner defeated top-seeded Elida 25-23, 25-13, 25-16 in the finals of the District 3-1A volleyball tournament.
Both teams will be in Fort Sumner on Friday and Saturday for regional competition. The Vixens will face New Mexico School for the Deaf in one match with Elida taking on Albuquerque Valley Christian in the other, with times to be announced.
The championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.