FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista volleyball won its second consecutive Tournament of Champions title by beating a familiar foe on Saturday in Santa Fe.
The Lady Panthers (7-0) defeated Farmington High 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13 to win Santa Fe's big tournament. PV also won the tournament in 2012 for the first time in school history.
"I am really happy with where the program is. This year, we don't have the size like last year, but I love the speed and our defense this year. I know it is the best in program history," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "A lot of it comes from intensity. It makes a big difference when the girls try this hard and do what you ask them."
Samantha Sofka was named the tournament's most valuable player. Vanessa Harris and Nianna Alcon both made the all-tournament team.
Alcon led PV with 13 kills in the win against Farmington (6-2), and Sofka had 10. Harris had 32 assists against the Lady Scorpions.
It was the second week in a row PV and FHS met up in a tournament title match. The Lady Panthers beat the Lady Scorps 3-1 in the PV Invite last weekend.
Saturday was the first time Farmington High reached the championship game of the Santa Fe Tournament of Champions.
"Overall, it was a good weekend. I am proud of what the girls accomplished," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "We accomplished a lot of firsts again this weekend, but we still have a few firsts we still want to accomplish this year."
Becker is also impressed with the Lady Scorps' play.
"Their program is doing real well, and they are going to be really good," he said. "It is great for us to have them in our district because we will keep making each other better and better all year."
FHS took down Santa Fe in the tournament semifinals in three games. Ashley Schultz had 40 assists and Sarah Long had 25 kills against Santa Fe. Lydia Byrom also had 16 digs.
The Lady Scorps won their pool, which included defending 3A champion Pojoaque Valley. The two teams split their games in the tournament, but FHS won via a tiebreaker to earn the higher seed in bracket play.
"We played great in our pool and against Santa Fe," Hickman said. "Now we just have to focus on how to beat PV. I respect Ron Becker and his girls over there a lot. We just have to find our confidence when it comes time to meet them again."
Farmington setter Ashley Schultz and outside hitter Sarah Long were named to the all-tournament team.
"I am really glad Ashley made it," Hickman said. "I thought she should have been recognized after the PV tournament last weekend, so it was nice to see her get that."
FHS will play again Tuesday at home against Shiprock while PV will turn its attention to the Rio Rancho tournament that features three state champions, two state runner-ups and several other state tournament teams from last year.
"We will have to play extremely hard. There won't be an easy game in that tournament," said Becker, whose team finished second at the Rio Rancho tournament last year. "We will see Artesia, Albuquerque Academy, St. Pius X and Centennial. It is going to be a good test, and it should expose our weak spots."
Farmington 3, St. Pius X 1
The Scorpion soccer team responded to Friday's overtime loss to Sandia Prep with a strong performance against St. Pius X on Saturday.
FHS scored two goals early in the first half on its way to a 3-1 road victory against the Sartans.
"We answered our loss and got some nice quick goals," said Scorps' head coach Byron Farnsworth. "We saw some things offensively and made a couple of adjustments."
Nathaniel Pavlik and Enrique Alvarez each scored within in the first 20 minutes of the contest.
Pavlik has been playing a lot at center back for the Scorps, but Farnsworth changed the lineup and put his senior captain at forward for this game.
"Today, we decided to let him get right in front of their goal," Farnsworth said. "He's extremely versatile. We're pretty deep defensively. They all meshed extremely well."
Alvarez added his second goal of the game halfway through the second half.
St. Pius avoided the shutout with a goal on a free kick in the final seconds.
The Scorps will be in action next at home against Capital on Tuesday in a rematch of a state semifinal game last year.
"They are very good. They don't lose a whole lot," Farnsworth said. "They've scored a lot of goals, and it will be important to come out strong. There's a good chance we'll see them at state."
Bloomfield 2, Taos 1, OT
The Bobcats opened the District 1-3A season with a major road victory.
Bloomfield (3-4, 1-0 District 1 A-AAA) defeated Taos 2-1 in overtime on a goal scored by senior Sergio Payan.
"Raul Fonseca took the ball down the sideline and passed it nicely to Sergio. Sergio took a shot, and the Taos keeper made a save, but Sergio was right there and put the rebound back in to give us the win in overtime," said Bloomfield head coach Jarly Lopez.
Bloomfield scored the game's first goal when Fonseca scored in the 24th minute. The Tigers tied the game eight minutes into the second half on a goal scored by Carlos Ruiz.
Bloomfield had a chance to score before the game went to overtime, but Fonseca ripped a shot off to the post.
The Lady Bobcats also played Taos on Saturday, losing 11-1.
The Bobcats return home to play East Mountain in a non-district game on Tuesday.
St. Pius X 4, Farmington 2
Hannah Kelley scored two more goals for Farmington on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to push the Lady Scorpions past No. 1 St. Pius X.
No. 3 Farmington (6-3) fell to the Sartans (10-0) 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.
Farmington took a 1-0 lead in the game before St. Pius scored two goals to take a lead. The Lady Scorps tied the game, but the Sartans ran away from there.
"There were a couple of key mistakes and fouls that allowed the third goal," said FHS head coach Shannon Gill.
St. Pius' final goal came in the last minute of the game.
"Overall, it was a great game that was very evenly matched," Gill said.
The Lady Scorps will hit the road once again on Tuesday to play 5A Cleveland before facing 3A Hope Christian in an away game next Saturday.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.