The Cleveland Storm is taking any and all points it can get — from service aces and key stops up front to attacking the back edges and tipping the ball over the net to an open gap — to maintain its lead atop the District 1-5A volleyball standings.

They again capitalized on such moments in their four-set win (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20) Tuesday at crosstown rival Rio Rancho High.

Cleveland remains in the driver’s seat in district play at 5-1 (17-4 overall). Rio Rancho dropped to 14-7, 3-3 in district.

Cleveland will play Thursday at Volcano Vista, while Rio Rancho will play at Volcano Vista on Nov. 2.

Descriptions for each photo are listed below, starting with the first one on the screen:
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Rio Rancho volleyball fans cheer during pregame introductions on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Cleveland’s Marian Hatch (12) and Sophia Maurer (13) get a defensive stop at the net against Rio Rancho’s Cecilia Vance during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Cleveland’s Lauren Snippen hits the ball over the net against Rio Rancho during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho’s Shanikqua Vigil keeps the ball in play against Cleveland during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Rio Rancho’s Ashleigh Meyer sends the ball over the net against Cleveland during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Cleveland’s Lauren Snippen hits the ball to the left corner against Rio Rancho during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

Cleveland’s Maddie Del Greco comes up with a kill against Rio Rancho’s Cecilia Gomez (8) and Kiya Wilson (5) during District 1-5A volleyball action on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at RRHS.

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Photos by Rio Rancho Observer staff writer Matt Hollinshead.