FARMINGTON — Farmington High had no problem coming off a long weekend of tournament play and then adjusting to compete against Shiprock on Tuesday night.
The Lady Scorpions (7-2) defeated Shiprock (3-6) in three games 25-8, 25-18 and 25-14.
"In the first set, we ran our regular crew, but then I mixed everything up and got the bench in to get some playing time," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "It was good for them. It was kind of an uneventful game, to be honest. The girls are taking care of business."
A year ago, Farmington High needed five games to beat Shiprock. Winning in three on Tuesday night showed Hickman how far his team has progressed from year to year.
"Last year, we were trying to find confidence. Tonight, the girls went out and owned the match," he said. "From last year to this year, all the girls can see what we have achieved."
Shiprock head coach Rae Collins said the Lady Chieftains were off their game.
"We struggled to find our rhythm," she said.
The Lady Chiefs will play again this weekend in the Monument Valley Invitational tournament. Farmington has nine days off before facing Bloomfield.
"Our next real challenge will be against Hope Christian in a few weeks," Hickman said. "They are a quality 3A team. We finally have a decent record and are gaining some recognition with the coaches' polls and MaxPreps, but we hope to go in to Hope Christian flying under the radar and ready to take care of business."
Aztec 3, Miyamura 0
Aubrey Folk had 14 kills to lead Aztec as the Lady Tigers smashed their way past Miyamura on Tuesday in Gallup.
Madie Sims had another seven kills while Taylor Santistevan had six as Aztec defeated the Patriots 25-20, 25-11 and 25-15.
"We played well and had very few mental errors," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "We also served really well."
Strauss called it a key road win during Aztec's homecoming week.
"Any time you can win on the road during homecoming week, it is a big thing," she said.
Aztec is off the rest of the week and won't play again until a road game against Española Valley on Oct. 3.
Gallup 3, Bloomfield 1
Following a tough weekend in their own tournament, Bloomfield fell again on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bobcats (0-7) fell to Gallup in four games, losing 25-17, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-15.
"Even with the loss, we played better volleyball tonight than we have in awhile," said Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes. "Our mentality and attitude is changing for the better. The girls are working hard and putting in the work. I have no doubt these girls will peak at the right time."
Jessica Burnham led Bloomfield with 11 kills. Shania Gallegos had another seven. Tashai Werito had 25 assists, Chelsea Largo had 31 digs and Kate Travis had 17 digs.
"The younger girls are learning what their role is. The older ones are becoming leaders," Bekes said. "Good things are going to happen for our team."
Bloomfield will play again on Thursday at Dulce.
Navajo Prep 3, Ramah 1
After losing a district game at Crownpoint last week, Navajo Prep got back to its winning ways on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles (6-2, 3-2 District 1-2A) defeated Ramah on the road 25-20, 25-20, 10-25 and 25-17.
Jasmine Coleman had 15 kills, 15 digs and 15 blocks. Tanisha Garcia also had seven blocks.
Keona Leano had 15 assists in the match, while Khadijah Jackson had another 10.
"Tonight was a total team effort," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "Everyone came together and played with intensity. Every player played their position and communicated very well. They started strong and played their game."
The Lady Eagles will play again Thursday at home against Rehoboth.
East Mountain 2, Bloomfield 0
After a big win at Taos to open the District 1-3A season on Saturday, Bloomfield lost a tough game on Tuesday.
The Bobcats (3-5, 1-0 District 1-3A) lost at home to East Mountain 2-0.
"We dominated the game," said Bloomfield head coach Jarly Lopez. "We took 20 shots to their three, but they ended up scoring twice, and we didn't. We couldn't finish on several shots that should have been finished."
Lopez said it was a disappointing loss coming off the win at Taos.
"That was a down game for us after winning the big one at Taos. Coming back and losing to a team that is not to our level hurts," he said.
East Mountain scored in the fourth minute when Bloomfield's defense tried to clear a ball but kicked it right to a East Mountain forward. East Mountain's second goal came late in the second half during a scrum for a loose ball in front of Bloomfield's goal.
Lopez said the team will continue to work on finishing drills to try and find a way to score more goals. The Bobcats will play again on Friday at Pojoaque Valley in a district contest.
The Lady Bobcats also played East Mountain on Tuesday, losing 3-0.
Cleveland 5, Farmington 3
Farmington High took a 2-1 lead into halftime against 5A Cleveland on Tuesday in Rio Rancho, but it wasn't enough for the Lady Scorps to hold off the Storm.
Farmington (6-4) fell to Cleveland 5-3, despite two goals from Hannah Kelley and another from Katelynn Flack.
Cleveland scored three times in the second half.
"A few costly, but fixable, mistakes allowed goals," said Farmington High head coach Shannon Gill.
The Lady Scorps have now lost four of their last five games. They will have a chance to end their two-game losing streak this Saturday at Hope Christian before hosting Albuquerque Academy next Tuesday.
"We are looking forward to another competitive game against a good opponent to continue to improve and gain experience," Gill said of the Hope Christian game.
Kirtland Central 7, Rehoboth 1
Deena Charley and Tamia Maryboy both scored three goals as Kirtland Central routed Rehoboth on Tuesday.
In a game that was made up after being postponed due to rain two weeks ago, the Lady Broncos (9-2) scored five goals in the second half to put away Rehoboth.
"We got off to a slow start and scored only twice in the first half, but we picked it up," said Kirtland Central head coach Leonel Camacho.
Zoey Hooper added the other goal for Kirtland Central. Rehoboth's lone goal came on a penalty kick after Kirtland was called for what Camacho deemed a questionable hand ball in their own box.
Kirtland is back in action this Thursday at Valencia.
"It is an important game for us, and then we go to Bloomfield. After those two games, we should be ready to go into districts," Camacho said.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.