FARMINGTON — The Lady Chieftains picked up their biggest win of the season on Tuesday.
Shiprock (4-9) defeated 4A Kirtland Central in five games at the Chieftain Pit. The Lady Chiefs won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-21 before Kirtland Central won the third and fourth each by a score of 25-21. Shiprock rallied in the fifth set to win 15-9.
"The girls did a good job of closing out the game," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "Tonight was a good mental test for the girls. They were up then they let them back into the game. The girls knew what they needed to do and they wanted it. I'm excited. They deserve a win like this."
Kirtland Central head coach Brian Joe credited Shiprock for playing a good match.
"They were a different team than last time we met," Joe said. "They were up for us, diving all over the place and making big plays. They played a good game."
Arantxa Curley had 36 assists in the match for Shiprock. Tanisha Begay led the Lady Chiefs with 13 kills, 13 digs, three aces and two blocks. Katura Garcia had nine kills and 20 digs, and Ashley John had eight kills and 22 digs.
Joe said he made a few changes with his lineup prior to the game.
"I was hoping it wouldn't affect us, but it really did mentally in the first two games," Joe said. "It was a disappointing game, but it showed us the things we need to work on and tweak."
Keeshawna Ockerman led Kirtland Central with 16 kills. Marley Max had another 12 kills.
The Lady Broncos will face Pagosa Springs, Colo., next Tuesday. Shiprock is back in action Thursday at home against Piedra Vista.
Piedra Vista 3, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Panthers had no problem on the road against Bloomfield on Tuesday.
Piedra Vista (10-1) defeated the Lady Bobcats (1-11) in three games 25-9, 25-6 and 25-8.
"The girls did really well. In the third game, I subbed in four new players, and we kept that consistency," said PV head coach Ron Becker.
Becker was happy with his team's intensity against Bloomfield, which has struggled much of the season.
"I was happy how they pumped it up out there. We tend not to play our best in these types of games, but we stayed focused on our side of the net the entire time," he said.
Samantha Sofka led PV with seven kills. Brittney Hutchison added another six while Haleigh Lovato and Autumn Begay each had five. Vanessa Harris had 18 assists in two sets of action.
Bloomfeild head coach Tami Bekes said her team couldn't find a rhythm against Piedra Vista.
"PV has a great program," she said. "We are a better team that what we showed. We hope to turn it around really soon."
Bloomfield will play again on Thursday against Farmington High.
PV faces Shiprock on Thursday in another matchup in which the Lady Panthers are heavily favored.
"I am really pushing the girls to take care of business and set goals for themselves and push hard for every point," Becker said. "I just want us to play our best every time we step out there."
Aztec 3, Mancos 0
Through 10 games of the season, the Aztec volleyball team has lost just twice.
The Lady Tigers (8-2) picked up another win on Tuesday as they defeated Mancos, Colo., at home in three games 25-17, 28-26 and 25-16.
"We swung with a heavy hand and passed and served well," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "Mancos dug a lot of stuff up. They were a scrappy team and were all over the place. But our heavy swingers found the floor, and our passing and serving got us going."
Aubrey Folk led Aztec with 11 kills. Taylor Santistevan had another eight and Mikayla Paxton had seven.
Aztec has three non-district games remaining, and they will face Española Valley at home on Friday.
Newcomb 3, Navajo Prep 1
Navajo Prep lost its second district game of the season on the road at Newcomb on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles (7-3, 3-2 District 1-2A) fell to Newcomb 23-25, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-20.
Jasmine Coleman led Navajo Prep with 14 kills and eight blocks. Keona Leano had 13 assists, and Khadijah Jackson had another 11.
Navajo Prep will play again on Thursday at home against Tohatchi.
Bloomfield 11, Questa 1
The Bobcats remained unbeaten in District 1-A-AAA with a lopsided road victory on Tuesday.
Bloomfield (7-5, 5-0 District 1-A-AAA) defeated Questa 11-1 as Raul Fonseca scored six goals. Head coach Jarly Lopez was impressed with his team's effort after an emotional win against Taos on Monday.
"I was kind of afraid because I thought they might not take it serious. On paper, we were supposed to win, but on the field is what counts," Lopez said. "We passed it around and did what we were supposed to do."
Bloomfield outshot Questa 29-1 in the contest. Sergio Payan had two goals while Alex Portillo, Micah Bachert and Amadio Gonzales each had one.
The Bobcats are in firm control of their district. They will play again next week against Moreno Valley.
"We're going to take a study day tomorrow after playing four games in five days," Lopez said. "We need to refocus on our studies and use that time for that. Then we'll get back at it on Thursday."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.