FARMINGTON — For the first time, two Farmington high schools faced off for the Piedra Vista Invite volleyball tournament title.
Piedra Vista emerged victorious, knocking off Farmington High in a tight four-set match 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 on Saturday in the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
"I think it's great. We all really pulled together and played as a team and did what we had to do," said PV setter Vanessa Harris.
PV fell behind early in the first set but scored six straight points to take a 9-6 lead and maintained the edge for the remainder of the set.
The Lady Scorps battled back to win a close second set that had 15 ties.
"This was a big step up for us by challenging PV. It was a fun game," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "It gives us a place to start working from and lets us know where we're weak at."
FHS scored the final three points to square the match at a set apiece.
The Lady Panthers (4-0) closed out the victory over the next two sets.
Each of the final three sets went back-and-forth with numerous ties and lead changes, setting the stage for future tough matches during the district schedule.
"Farmington's playing great volleyball, which is great for us because that's going to make our district tough," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "They'll be good competition, and we'll have two or three more matches just like that with them."
Both teams won earlier in the day during the semifinals to set up the title matchup.
The Lady Panthers got a little revenge for their 2012 state title loss against St. Pius X, defeating the Sartans in straight sets.
"I think the St. Pius win was a big mental hurdle. We'll more than likely see them again at state," Becker said.
Farmington High (4-1) defeated Monument Valley, Ariz., in straight sets to advance to the final.
The win against the strong Arizona sid,e along with two set wins versus the Sartans in pool play on Friday, gives the Lady Scorps a place to build from going forward.
"I think it will echo across the state on who Farmington is and will give us a little credibility. We're earning our stripes," Hickman said.
Three Lady Panthers and two Lady Scorps were named to the all-tournament team.
Harris, Sam Sofka and Nianna Alcon made the squad for PV and were joined by Lydia Byrom and Sarah Long from FHS.
Also at the tournament, Kirtland Central finished in seventh place after a loss to Cortez, Colo., and a win over Miyamura.
Keeshawna Ockerman was named to the all-tourney squad for the Lady Broncos.
Shiprock finished in ninth place overall, defeating Bloomfield in five sets and Gallup in three sets.
The Piedra Vista junior varsity team won the 11th place game against Bloomfield in four sets.
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