The Lady Broncos pushed Shiprock a lot harder this week after being swept in three sets a week ago in Bronco Arena. This game at the Chieftain Pit went five sets, but the Lady Chiefs were fueled by a good home crowd to win the fifth 21-19.
“The crowd really helped our girls in the fifth. It was a big boost for us to play Kirtland and beat them twice,” said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins.
Almost every set was contested with Kirtland taking the first 27-25 and the fourth 29-27. Shiprock won the second 25-15 and the third 25-23.
Shiprock rallied around setter Lindsay Mark in the fifth set, according to Collins.
“Mark really stepped it up in the fifth game with her communication and getting the girls to rally after we went down 7-3,” Collins said.
For Kirtland Central, the loss was tough but was viewed as a big improvement after being swept by Shiprock a week earlier.
“The girls played a heck of a lot better,” said Lady Broncos head coach Brian Joe. “There was a lot of good defense played, and Shiprock just pulled it out.”
Collins saw the win as a big motivation booster before the Lady Chiefs begin District 1-3A games Thursday night at Bloomfield.
“We have some tweaks to make here and there, mainly with our footwork and communication.
There are some mental lapses we are making that we can’t have when games get tight,” she said. “The girls understand what we need to do, though, and we are ready for district.”
Kirtland Central begins District 1-4A action at home next Tuesday against Piedra Vista.
“I wish we had a few more matches to get ready for district, but we are playing better and that’s what we need to do,” Joe said. “We are playing teams better than we did earlier in the season.”
Thoreau 3, Bloomfield 2
The Lady Bobcats pushed the opening game of the District 1-3A season to the limit Tuesday night, but eventually fell short in five sets.
Thoreau beat Bloomfield 25-17, 14-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 15-12 in the district opener at Thoreau.
“It was a tough loss but the girls played hard,” said Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes. “They are learning to play smarter and our passing was much more consistent.”
Haili Bekes had 34 assists for the Lady Bobcats while Trinity Mayo, Chelsey Runyon and Michelle Miramontes all had 11 kills to lead the team.
Kallan Pablo added another six kills for Bloomfield.
Despite dropping the district opener, Bekes is confident the team can still fight hard the rest of the way.
“It is going to be tough, but I believe this group of girls can do some awesome things in our district,” she said.
Bloomfield faces rival Shiprock on Thursday night at home.
Navajo Prep 3, Zuni 1
Two wins in a row now has the Navajo Prep girls feeling better about the 2012 campaign.
After dropping a tough game to Newcomb, the Lady Eagles rebounded with a win against Tohatchi and then a four-set win against Zuni on Tuesday.
The game didn’t come easy, but in the end Navajo Prep (6-2 overall, 4-1 District 1-2A) beat Zuni 25-18, 25-12, 30-32 and 28-26.
“We are doing a lot better. Beating Tohatchi really boosted our confidence and helped us be prepared for this game,” said Lady Eagles head coach Rainy Crisp.
Keona Leano led the team with 18 assists.
Shanunique Tom had 10 kills in the match while Matheney Wilson had 23 digs and nine kills.
Desmarie Hanley had eight aces and eight kills and Katie Henio added another 21 digs to help Navajo Prep, who faces Navajo Pine at home this Thursday.