After falling twice to Kirtland Central in the regular season, the Aztec volleyball team pulled off a four-set upset )25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18) Tuesday in Kirtland.
Aztec head coach Anna Strauss was proud of her sides performance.
“We executed our game plan,” Stauss said. “We passed and blocked well. They were pretty resilient, but we knew what was at stake. We knew it would be a battle and played with a lot of heart.”
The Kirtland team was disappointed after being unable to defeat the Lady Tigers for a third time.
“The pressure got to us a bit,” said Lady Broncos head coach Brian Joe. “Aztec was ready, and anything can happen in the tournament. They did the same thing last year. Aztec was prepared. We didn’t play that bad, we just weren’t able to hang on, and they pulled it out.”
The loss ends the season for the No. 3-seed Lady Broncos while the No. 4-seed Lady Tigers move on to play at Farmington High on Thursday.
Aztec will have another tough match against the Lady Scorpions, who also beat the Lady Tigers twice during the regular season.
“We’re going to have to stay confident in what we’re doing. Farmington runs a quick offense and we’ll need to block well,” Strauss said.
Despite the loss, Joe saw a lot of improvement in his team throughout the season.
“It was a growing season,” he said. “We’re really only losing one starter. We’ll come back next season ready to go.”
Bloomfield 3, Thoreau 1
Bloomfield defeated Thoreau in four sets (25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17) Tuesday night in Bloomfield.
The No. 3 seed Lady Bobcats won the first two sets of the match before the Lady Hawks fought back to grab the third.
“Lori Willie, Tashai Werito and Louisa Maestas all did a great job passing the ball,” said Lady Bobcats head coach Tami Bekes. “Our serving was strong as well.”
Bloomfield was able to close out No. 4 seed Thoreau in the fourth set.
Haili Bekes led the Lady Bobcats with 38 assists as she set up a balanced Bloomfield attack.
Trinity Mayo had 15 kills, and Kallan Pablo added 11 kills for Bloomfield.
The win sets up a road match with No. 2 seed Wingate on Thursday.
“Our girls are ready to take on Wingate,” Bekes said. “They have worked hard all season long. I am proud of the hard work they put in. We want to play Shiprock for the district championship. We are ready.”