FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista visited rival Farmington High in a big District 1-4A volleyball match on Thursday.
PV cruised through the first two sets 25-14 and 25-17, but the Farmington Lady Scorpions rallied to take the third 25-23. No. 4 FHS played hard until the finish, but No. 2 PV had enough to take down the Lady Scorps 27-25 in the fourth set to take a 3-1 win.
"It was a little disappointing, because we played incredible in the first two games," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "We played the way I know we are capable, but we had too many unforced errors in the third game, and we didn't keep our focus."
Samantha Sofka led the Lady panthers with 21 kills in the win. Vanessa Harris set the Lady Panthers hitters up well all night, and she finished the game with 41 assists.
Nianna Alcon added another 11 kills for PV (14-2, 2-0 District 1-4A).
It was a tough home loss for the Lady Scorps (11-4, 1-1), who have had three of their four losses this year to PV.
"The team that had more composure was going to win. Well, that was PV tonight," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "We started late in the match to make a comeback. We were up 24-23 in the fourth set when we let PV back in."
FHS was unable to get out of the way of a Harris serve that was going long, allowing PV to tie the fourth set 24-24 instead of tying the match at two sets apiece.
"That was the stick that broke the camel's back," Hickman said. "I was proud of my girls that they did not lay down and quit in the third. I feel like an inch-worm. We are making progress, but boy it sure seems slow at times."
Sarah Long and Summer Otero led the Lady Scorps with 16 kills. JoJo Curry had another 13 kills. Ashley Schultz had 36 assists.
FHS plays at Kirtland Central on Tuesday. Piedra Vista will host Aztec.
"If we beat Aztec, I think it will help the girls settle down a lot," Becker said. "We have been playing kind of tight. If we can beat every team in district the first time through, maybe it will loosen the girls up."
Hickman said his team will once again be ready to face PV when they face the Lady Panthers next.
"It was a tough loss, but it will come. The win that is," he said.
Aztec 3, Kirtland Central 0
The Lady Tigers lost their district opener on Tuesday, but Aztec bounced back with a nice win on Thursday.
Aztec (11-4, 1-1) defeated Kirtland Central (7-7, 0-2) in three games at home inside Lillywhite Gymnasium. The Lady Tigers won the sets 25-17, 25-18 and 25-10 to finish the game in dominant fashion.
"The girls were real patient with themselves and ran the offense very well," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "All of our hitters were active with Becca (Edgerton) passing and setting them up nicely. We swung it around and stayed calm all match. It was good to see."
Aubrey Folk led Aztec with nine kills. Taylor Santistevan had another seven kills and Mikayla Paxton added another five. Samantha Strauss and Madie Sims also each had four kills. Edgerton finished with 25 assists.
"All of our hitters really had a great game. When we can mix it up a bunch like that, it keeps the other team off guard," Strauss said.
Kirtland Central's next game comes at home against Farmington High. Aztec will travel to play Piedra Vista on Tuesday.
"Next week will be big for every team in the district. With us traveling to PV and then Farmington, it is going to be really big," Strauss said.
Kirtland Central head coach Brian Joe did not return calls for comment by press time.
Thoreau 3, Shiprock 2
The Shiprock Lady Chieftains lost a heartbreaker on the road on Thursday.
After going up 2-0 after winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-12, Shiprock lost the next three games 17-25, 24-26 and 13-15 to fall in five sets to Thoreau.
"Mental mistakes hurt us," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins.
Shiprock (5-11, 1-2 District 1-3A) currently sits in third place in its district.
"It's competitive. The teams have the desire to win," Collins said. "Now, it is just who wants it more."
Navajo Prep 3, Ramah 1
The Navajo Prep Lady Eagles took care of Ramah in four sets on Thursday.
Navajo Prep won 25-16, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-21 behind Jasmine Coleman's 15 kills, 10 blocks and four aces. Keona Leano also had 18 assists.
It was another big win for the Lay Eagles (8-3, 5-1 District 1-2A) after earning a revenge win against Crownpoint 3-1 on Tuesday.
"We are playing a lot better this second half of district. We have another big week next week with Newcomb on Thursday," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.