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Members of the Bloomfield volleyball team celebrate as the team defeats Shiprock for the 1-3A district tournament title.
The No. 1 Piedra Vista volleyball team is hitting on all cylinders ahead of the state tournament.
The Lady Panthers (20-1) swept through Farmington (25-15, 25-16, 25-11) to capture the District 1-4A tournament title Saturday night.
“We did well. The girls are super fired up for state,” said PV head coach Ron Becker. “Farmington is playing a lot better, but this is what we’ve been working for.”
Senior Katie Hegarty led the Lady Panthers with 19 kills. Sam Sofka had eight kills, McKenna Culp scored five and Olivia Johnson recorded five more to balance out the PV attack.
Sophomore setter Vanessa Harris ran the offense to perfection with 31 assists.
“She’s stepped up with a lot of pressure on her and answered the call,” Becker said of his young setter.
When state seedings are announced today, PV within all likelihood will be No. 1 heading into pool play.
Becker expects his team to be ready to go knowing they have the target on their back.
“The way we’ve been practicing, I think they are ready,” he said. “I think we’re there and will step up to the next level in the tournament.”
Farmington (13-9) came into the match ranked No. 11 and expects to see its name somewhere in the tournament bracket when it’s released.
“I think our record speaks for itself,” said FHS coach Dan Hickman.

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“The committee may see otherwise, but I feel like we’ve done enough to have earned that spot. Coaches around the state have us around No. 8, and the polls have us at No. 11, so if we’re in that No. 10, 11 or 12 spot then I’ll be happy.”

Bloomfield 3, Shiprock 0
The No. 12 Bloomfield volleyball team can rest easy knowing they’ve clinched a spot in the state tournament.
The Lady Bobcats (10-13) capped off a remarkable run through the 1-3A district tournament by beating No. 5 Shiprock in straight sets Saturday (25-19, 25-23, 25-20_ to win the title and an automatic bid into state.
Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes now can wonder, not if, but where the Lady Bobcats will land in the bracket.
“We’re in somewhere. I know that much,” Bekes said. “It’s a much easier feeling knowing that we’re in rather than having to wait it out.”
Bloomfield entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and had to beat Wingate at home Tuesday and Thoreau on the road Thursday to set up the title match.
Haili Bekes lead the Lady Bobcat attack with 24 assists. Trinity Mayo had 11 kills.
“Everyone that was on the court tonight did their job,” coach Bekes said. “I am proud of their hard work and determination. Winning the district championship was one of our goals this year. It was a hard road, but the girls did it.”
Shiprock (13-6) had defeated Bloomfield twice previously this season in five sets.
The Lady Chiefs had already locked up a berth in the playoffs with the regular season district title and will now await their placement in pool play.

Navajo Prep 3, Rehoboth 1
Navajo Prep volleyball claimed their district tournament title with a four-set win over Rehoboth (25-12, 25-16, 14-25, 25-16) on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles (17-3) were ranked No. 7 coming into the match but head coach Rainy Crisp is expecting a better placement in the tournament bracket.
“I hope we’re a bit higher than that,” Crisp said of her team’s ranking. “I believe with the way we’re playing now that we’re a top five team. We’re playing well and these games within our district are important for the state tournament. I’m hoping to carry this momentum forward.”