FARMINGTON — Samantha Sofka's 17 kills led Piedra Vista volleyball by Shiprock in three games on Tuesday.
PV (11-1) defeated the Lady Chieftains 25-15, 25-4 and 25-13 at the Chieftain Pit.
"It was a little closer than I would have preferred, but we took care of that second game pretty good," said PV head coach Ron Becke. "Shiprock was a scrappy team."
Vanessa Harris went on a run serving for 10 consecutive points in the second game. She also had 40 assists in the game.
Haleigh Lovato and Nianna Alcon each had seven kills in the win.
Shiprock head coach Rae Collins was happy her team got to face another tough 4A team as they try to improve throughout the season.
"The girls played well. Playing against a team like that allowed us to see where we need some work," she said. "We had some pretty good rallies, and our team had our spurts."
The Lady Chieftains (4-10) begin District 1-3A games next Thursday against Bloomfield.
"We are still determined, and we have improved," Collins said.
Piedra Vista faces a tough schedule next week with games at Monument Valley, Ariz., and a home match against Bayfield, Colo.
"Going to Monument Valley is going to be extremely tough. Then having Bayfield at home, those are two really good games before we start district," Becker said.
Farmington 3, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Scorpions quickly worked past Bloomfield on Thursday night.
Farmington High (9-2) defeated the Lady Bobcats 25-9, 25-8 and 25-20 at Scorpion Gymnasium. Sarah Long led the team with 17 kills. Lydia Byrom had another 14.
"My player of the game tonight was Ashley Flack," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "She is only a sophomore, but she was jump serving for us and making it tough on Bloomfield. She is my backup setter, and she really did good in the third set there, too."
Hickman said his team is in sync and playing together well. He continues to be impressed by their improvement from where they were last year at this time.
"A year ago, we needed five games to beat Shiprock and Bloomfield," he said. "I am really impressed with the team's effort."
Despite the loss, Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes said she was happy with the way her team played.
"We are starting to come around. It was a match where we are beginning to feel more comfortable with each other," she said, adding that her team needs to carry its attitude and effort into district games next week.
Farmington will play again Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in Bernalillo. The game was moved up so the team has time to get home for homecoming.
Española Valley 3, Aztec 2
Aztec and Española Valley played a competitive match on Thursday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium in Aztec.
Espanola Valley (7-5) got the best of the Lady Tigers (8-2) in five games, winning 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 17-25 and 15-9.
"It was a big, tough, long game," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "They dug everything we hit."
Aubrey Folk led Aztec with 16 kills and five blocks. Madie Sims had 11 kills and seven blocks. Cory Zuniga had 29 digs in the loss.
"There were a lot of long volleys. It was a great match for us," Strauss said. "It could have gone either way, but it was good to see my kids step up in a good game."
Aztec will play against next week at home against Ignacio, Colo., and on the road at Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Navajo Prep 3, Tohatchi 0
Navajo Prep bounced back from a tough district loss to Newcomb with a quick win Thursday.
The Lady Eagles (8-3, 3-2 District 1-3A) beat Tohatchi 25-15, 25-12 and 25-14.
"This was an important game for us. We could have hung our heads and felt sorry for ourselves, but we came out and were more determined to play together and pull out a win," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.
Keona Leano had 13 assists in the win. Jasmine Coleman added 14 kills, and Khadijah Jackson had another 11 assists.
Navajo Prep plays next Tuesday at Zuni.
Farmington 1, Miyamura 0
Farmington High had to play against a quality Miyamura team and strong winds in Gallup.
The Scorpions (7-5) received a second-half goal from Joaquin Gonzalez when he scored off a deflected shot by Raul Terrazas. That goal stood up for FHS to take a 1-0 win against the Patriots (11-4).
"It could have been a better game, but it worked out," said FHS head coach Byron Farnsworth. "The wind was blowing 30 miles per hour, and it was hard to keep the ball inbounds."
Farnsworth said his defense had an off day, but Connor Tornquist made eight nice saves in the game.
The Scorpions got 11 shots off on goal, and Farnsworth said the team struggled to connect passes.
"We didn't do fantastic possessing the ball the way we typically do," he said.
FHS opens its District 1-4A season next Tuesday against Aztec.
Piedra Vista 3, Rehoboth Christian 0
Windy conditions made for a difficult first half for the Panthers on Tuesday, but they used it to their advantage in the second half.
Piedra Vista (6-8) scored three second-half goals to beat Rehoboth Christian 3-0. Joaquin Sais opened the scoring. Austin Denney followed with another, and Adam Rodriguez eventually scored on a penalty kick.
"When we had the wind to our advantage, we dominated," said PV head coach Pablo Quintana.
Rehoboth Christian is now 3-9 this season.
Piedra Vista will play Aztec next Thursday in its District 1-4A opener.
"Everything is set for district. We are clear are on what the goals are and the guys know now that they are capable."
Kirtland Central 9, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Broncos played sharp in their final non-district game of the regular season.
Kirtland Central (10-3) defeated Bloomfield 9-0. Zoey Hooper scored three goals in the win. Deena Charley and Tamia Maryboy each added two goals.
"It was a good preparation game," said Kirtland Central head coach Leonel Camacho. "Things came together for us that we needed to work on."
Tosharra Villegas also scored a goal for the Lady Broncos.
Kirtland Central also beat Bloomfield (2-11) 9-0 on Sept. 19. Bloomfield plays again Saturday against Santa Fe Indian School. The Lady Broncos will play at Piedra Vista on Tuesday.
Bosque 10, Navajo Prep 0
The Lady Eagles trailed Bosque 3-0 at halftime, but Navajo Prep couldn't get the game any closer in the second half.
Bosque beat Navajo Prep 10-0 on Thursday.
"We controlled Bosque pretty good in the first half, but we couldn't hold them the rest of the game," said Prep head coach Stacy Irwin. "It was still a better game than we had been playing."
Navajo Prep (0-8) will play Saturday at home against Sandia Prep.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.