FARMINGTON — The Lady Panthers lost a volleyball match for just the second time this season on Tuesday.
Piedra Vista (11-2) fell in five games to Monument Valley, Ariz. PV won the first set 25-23, but Monument Valley (18-7) responded with a 26-24 win in the second to even the match. PV won the third 25-22, and the two teams battled through 58 points in the fourth before Monument Valley pulled out a 30-28 win. In the final set, Monument Valley got the best of PV 15-13.
"It was a pretty phenomenal game. A major battle, but we blew it," said PV head coach Ron Becker.
In the fourth set, PV trailed 11-2 before retaking a lead. It still wasn't enough to close out Monument Valley.
"We knew it would be a loud gym coming in, and there was a good-sized crowd," Becker said of the atmosphere in Kayenta, Ariz., for the game. "We dug ourselves holes we shouldn't have. They are a tough team and playing 10 times better than they did at our invitational tournament."
Samantha Sofka led PV with 18 kills in the match. Autumn Begay had another 16 and Niana Alcon added 10. Vanessa Harris had 53 assists.
Becker hopes the team uses the loss as motivation going into a tough home match Thursday night against Bayfield, Colo.
"I hope this loss showed what we need to work on and that we still have a lot of work to do," Becker said. "We are going to face tougher teams than that at state, and we have to get ready for it."
Aztec 3, Ignacio, Colo., 0
The Lady Tigers improved to 9-3 with another home win on Tuesday.
Aztec defeated Ignacio, Colo., 25-17, 26-24 and 25-16 to win inside Lillywhite Gymnasium. Aztec head coach Anna Strauss called it a solid all-around game from her team.
Madie Sims led Aztec with 10 kills. Taylor Santistevan had eight and Aubrey Folk had another five. Becca Edgerton led the team with 21 assists.
Aztec travels to Pagosa Springs, Colo., to play another match on Thursday.
Navajo Prep 3, Zuni 0
The Lady Eagles picked up their second consecutive district win on the road on Tuesday.
Navajo Prep (7-3, 4-1 District 1-2A) defeated Zuni in three games. The Lady Eagles won each of the first two games 25-14 and the third 25-12.
"We are working on playing consistent volleyball," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "We are focusing on the little things. Everyone is getting better at their position."
Jasmine Coleman had 14 aces and 11 kills for the Lady Eagles. Keona Leano led the team with 12 assists.
Navajo Prep will hit the road again on Tuesday for another district match at Navajo Pine.
Thoreau 3, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Bobcats couldn't win their first game of the district schedule on Tuesday.
Bloomfield (1-12, 0-1 District 1-3A) lost to Thoreau (7-4, 1-0) in three games at home. Thoreau beat Bloomfield 26-24, 25-21 and 25-17.
"We are struggling quite a bit, and we need to build on the experience that we have and start winning games," said Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes.
Freshman Jaimie Kosea had five kills for Bloomfield. Tashai Werito had 12 assists.
Bloomfield is back in action Thursday at Shiprock.
"We have the girls to make things happen, but we have to want to win," Bekes said. "We have to get more aggressive and assertive in our play."
Farmington 5, Aztec 0
The Scorpions had no problem winning their district opener on Tuesday.
Farmington (8-5 overall, 1-0 District 1-4A) defeated Aztec 5-0 at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington. Jorge Chavira scored four goals for FHS in the win.
"I am very happy we started getting some goals. We have been in a lot of low scoring games all season," said FHS head coach Byron Farnsworth. "We have only scored more than two goals twice all year. It was good to open it up and get quality goals in bunches."
Chavira scored nine minutes into the game after missing two early opportunities, Farnsworth said.
Enrique Alvarez scored the other FHS goal as the Scorps tacked on two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Aztec (4-9, 0-1) had just one shot in the game. FHS had 30, 20 of which were on goal.
Both teams will play Piedra Vista in their next game. Aztec faces PV on Thursday on the road while FHS plays the Panthers next Tuesday at home.
"We want to keep working on getting the ball on the frame and in the back of the net," Farnsworth said. "Our defense is playing extremely well, but now we want to keep working on finding the net."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.