FARMINGTON — Aztec High took a game from Piedra Vista on Tuesday, but the Lady Tigers couldn't build enough momentum to take down the Lady Panthers.
Piedra Vista (15-2 overall, 3-0 District 1-4A) won in four games against Aztec (11-5, 1-2) at home in the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse. Aztec won the second game 25-22, but Piedra Vista won the first 25-12 and the third 25-14 before finishing the game with a 25-14 win in the fourth set.
"We didn't do a good job passing and serving in the second game, and it showed," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "It was a little sloppy, but the rest of the game we did real well."
Samantha Sofka and Nianna Alcon led Piedra Vista with 12 kills. Becker saluted Sofka, who played through illness.
"She was sicker than a dog. I don't know how she played through it, but she was amazing," Becker said.
Vanessa Harris had 32 assists in the win. Becker was impressed with the play of Aztec.
"Aztec had huge blocks, and they played tough. They will be a really solid team in state this year, and I would be shocked if they don't take three teams out of our district," Becker said.
Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said serving mistakes cost her team in the third game.
"The kids came to play. We just had a lot of errors that deflated our momentum," Strauss said. "We were right there with them. We just had a few mental mistakes."
Aztec was led by Aubrey Folk's eight kills and eight blocks. Madie Sims added seven kills and eight blocks.
Strauss is confident her team will bounce back in a big game Thursday against Farmington.
"We are ready for another crack at them. We just have to refocus and working even harder in practice to get better," she said.
Becker hopes to see his team gain consistency when it hosts Kirtland Central on Thursday.
"I feel really confident. I know what we are capable of. When we play our best, we are really tough to beat," he said.
Farmington 3, Kirtland Central 0
Farmington High continued its strong season with a straight set victory against Kirtland Central on Tuesday.
The Lady Scorpions (12-4, 2-1 District 1-4A) defeated the Lady Broncos 25-13, 25-22 and 25-18 at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
"The second game was close. We let the second string run for a while, and they closed it out," said Farmington High head coach Dan Hickman. "The girls did good. I think they know that. We wanted to come out and have a faster start and let the second string play some because they've worked hard and deserve it."
Sarah Long led Farmington with a career high 19 kills. Ashley Schultz had 29 assists. Francine Briones had 20 digs.
Keeshawna Ockerman led Kirtland Central (7-7, 0-3) with four kills and six aces. Marley Max also had four kills.
"We played pretty well, and Farmington is pretty good," said Kirtland head coach Brian Joe. "After the first set, we got into our game. Our defense was better, and we started getting some blocks on them."
Kirtland will play at Piedra Vista on Thursday. Farmington High will host Aztec.
"We have to get through Aztec before worrying about Piedra Vista again," Hickman said. "We really wanted to beat PV at home, but that's not the end for us. We got another chance at them and then again in the district tournament. We're tremendously better compared to last year. We're holding well within the state, and we're in the top-five in 4A. We like where we are."
Shiprock 3, Bloomfield 1
The Shiprock Lady Chieftains beat the Bloomfield Lady Bobcats on Tuesday to sweep Bloomfield in regular season district play.
Shiprock (6-11, 2-2 District 1-3A) took down Bloomfield (1-14, 0-3) in four games, winning 25-21, 23-25, 25-9 and 25-15.
"The girls clicked the third and fourth games. Once we got the two games over with, we regrouped and just clicked," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "We had too many unforced errors in the second game, but the girls turned it around."
It was another tough loss for the Lady Bobcats, who have yet to win a district match.
"We played very well in the first two sets. We passed, served, hit and blocked well. We did everything right," said Bloomfield head coach Tami Bekes. "We have to find a way to keep that momentum going throughout the whole match. We saw a bit of what we are capable of."
Tashai Werito had 25 assists and five kills for Bloomfield in the loss. Stormi Gellar added seven kills, and Shania Gallegos had six more.
Bloomfield plays again Thursday at Thoreau. Shiprock is at home Thursday against Wingate.
Navajo Prep 3, Rehoboth Christian 2
It took everything the Navajo Prep Lady Eagles had to get past Rehoboth Christian on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles (11-3, 7-1 District 1-2A) had a tough time getting past the Lynx (3-10, 2-7), but Navajo Prep took a victory after five sets. Navajo Prep won the first easily 25-10, but Rehoboth took the second and third sets 25-20 and 28-26. The Lady Eagles then answered and went on to win the fourth set 27-25 and the fifth 15-6 to close out the game.
"Rehoboth came out strong after the first game. Closing out a team in the fifth game on their home court was tough," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "But the girls stayed focused until the end."
Jasmine Coleman led Navajo Prep with 21 kills and eight blocks in the match. Keona Leano had 16 assists and four aces.
Navajo Prep hosts Newcomb on Thursday before closing out the District 1-3A season next week at Tohatchi and at home against Zuni.John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.