FARMINGTON — Farmington High got off to a quick start in the District 1-4A volleyball season.
The Lady Scorpions on Tuesday took down the Aztec Lady Tigers in just three games, winning 25-17, 25-21 and 25-21.
Farmington High (11-3 overall, 1-0 District 1-4A) covered the entire floor and allowed very few Aztec kills. Francine Birones led the Lady Scorps with 16 digs.
"Birones was our player of the game," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "She was hustling all around the floor."
Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said her hitters simply couldn't get the ball past Farmington.
"We could not put the ball away. We passed and served great, and those are the two things we worked hard on all week, but they dug everything," Strauss said.
Sarah Long led FHS with 12 kills. Setter Ashley Schultz had 30 assists.
Aztec (10-4, 0-1) made a run in the third game and threatened to force a fourth, but FHS tied it at 17-17 and closed the match out from there.
The Lady Tigers were led by Aubrey Folk's 10 kills. Setter Becca Edgerton had 16 assists.
Aztec will play against Kirtland Central at home on Thursday. Strauss said her team will bounce back from Tuesday's loss.
"The girls are resilient. They worked hard to get where they are right now, and our team is night and day from last year to this year. We are not going to let one loss get in our way," Strauss said.
FHS will host Piedra Vista on Thursday in a match that will go a long way toward determining a district champion.
"For either side, it will come down to who plays well. Whoever finds the right combination will win," Hickman said. "I really want that district title, and the girls want that title. Hopefully that will drive us the next couple of weeks."
Piedra Vista 3, Kirtland Central 0
The Lady Panthers had no problem picking up their first win of the district season.
Piedra Vista (13-2, 1-0) defeated the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos 25-16, 25-18 and 25-17 on Tuesday night inside Kirtland's Bronco Arena.
"I was a little disappointed with the energy level, but we picked it up better in the last game and finished it off," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "It was a pretty quiet gym tonight. That was tough to deal with. We aren't used to it being that eerie in Kirtland."
Samantha Sofka led PV with 12 kills. Vanessa Harris had 31 assists.
Kirtland Central head coach Brian Joe was happy with his team's performance overall against one of the top teams in 4A.
"We were a little shorthanded with our lineup. Beside that, we did pretty well," Joe said. "We didn't back down. We were actually ahead for a while in the second game, but we let them back in it. PV is a good, quick team. Next time, we see them, I think we can play even better."
Marley Max led Kirtland Central (7-5, 0-1) with five kills in the game.
The Lady Broncos will travel to face Aztec on Thursday while PV will play at Farmington High in a highly anticipated match.
"It will be really loud over there. That will be the super tough match since it is at their place," Becker said of the FHS game. "They will have their best game ready for us for sure."
Wingate 3, Shiprock 1
Shiprock took the first game against Wingate but couldn't pull off an upset on Tuesday night.
The Lady Chieftains fell to Wingate in four games, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-20.
"The girls did well. We just need to work on moving on from our errors," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "The little things hurt us at critical times. The girls are using this loss as motivation."
Shiprock (5-10, 1-1 District 1-3A) will play again on Thursday in another big district game against Thoreau.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.