KIRTLAND — The Kirtland Central volleyball team needed the full five sets in its season opener, but managed to come out on top.
The Lady Broncos defeated Ignacio, Colo. 25-10, 20-25, 25-16, 22-25 and 15-6 on Thursday night at Bronco Arena.
Overall, KCHS head coach Brian Joe was satisfied with the effort and is seeing improvements from the team compared to this time last season.
"The main thing I really saw was that we didn't get down emotionally or give the game away," Joe said. "Last year, we had the tendency to let up."
Keeshawna Ockerman led the Lady Broncos with nine kills in the win and Marley Max added five more.
Joe thought his team played solid in the first outing of the season but still sees a couple areas for the Lady Broncos (1-0) to improve.
"We played good defense and served well. Everything went good. Of course, it's just the first game," Joe said. "We still need better transitions on defense and nned to work on placing the serves better. I'd also like to tighten up the passing game."
KCHS will continue the season with a match against Bosque on Saturday.
"We need to play as a team and play our hearts out," Joe said. "Last year, they handled us pretty good, but I think we'll be a different team. We'll have to play our top game."
DELORES, Colo. 3, SHIPROCK 0
The opening day of the volleyball season was hard on the Shiprock Lady Chieftains.
Shiprock fell to Delores, Colo., in straight sets to fall to 0-1. Delores won the sets 25-10, 25-10 and 25-20.
"It was good and bad for us," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "I was pleased overall. It was our first game and we were trying some new things that took awhile to get going. In the last game, we showed the potential we have."
Shiprock will go for win No. 1 today against Bosque.
"I am excited about the season and doing more things. We will get where we need to," Collins said.
MORIARTY 5, AZTEC 0
The Aztec boys' soccer team had a hard time adjusting to its first road trip of the season.
The Tigers fell to Moriarty 5-0 on Thursday in Moriarty.
"We had a rough day," said Aztec head coach Brian Benfield. "It was kind of a hard first travel day and it put the guys in the backseat kind of drive. We had a hard time moving in the right direction."
Aztec is now 1-3 and will play again today at home against Grants.
KIRTLAND CENTRAL 3, MIYAMURA 2
The Lady Broncos picked up another win against a 4A opponent on Thursday.
Kirtland Central defeated Miyamura 3-2 thanks to three first-half goals.
"It was kind of ugly. We scored everything in the first half and then couldn't score," said Kirtland head coach Leonel Camacho.
Deena Charley, Zoey Hooper and Kendra Stock all scored for the Lady Broncos in the game.
Kirtland Central (3-1) will play in a tournament in Show Low, Ariz., this weekend.
"Unfortunately, those games won't help us in regards to ranking because they are out of the state," Camacho said. "We are going to go out there and do our best and get ready for next week."