FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista volleyball team put together a solid match to close out the regular season.
The Lady Panthers knocked off Aztec in straight sets 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 on Thursday night at Lillywhite Gymnasium.
"I think the biggest thing was we played steady the whole way through. We were more relaxed," said PV head coach Ron Becker.
The Lady Panthers (18-2 overall, 6-0 District 1-4A) were balanced on the attack.
Samantha Sofka and Brittany Hutchison led the way for PV with nine kills apiece. Nianna Alcon added eight and Hailey Lovato had six.
"Everybody contributed equally, and we got the ball spread around," Becker said.
Vanessa Harris was a big part of spreading out the offense with 28 assists.
Piedra Vista will host the district tournament title match on Nov. 9, and Becker expects his team to be ready with more than a week to prepare.
"I really want to make sure we lock up that No. 2 seed (in state). If we win there, I think we do," he said. "It's also the last home match for the seniors, so it'll be pretty important."
Aztec (12-7, 2-4) will host the first round of the district tournament on Tuesday against Kirtland Central.
Farmington 3, Kirtland Central 0
The Lady Scorpions (14-5, 4-2) rebounded from a tough loss to Piedra Vista with a straight set victory against Kirtland Central.
FHS played consistently throughout the match, winning 25-17, 25-15, 25-14.
"We had a little meeting to find out how good we are. I believe that shined through tonight," said FHS head coach Dan Hickman. "Taking the second seed was still important to us."
Ashley Schultz led the Lady Scorps with 31 assists and 18 digs.
"She was playing well both on offense and defense," Hickman said.
The kills were spread out among the FHS frontline players, with Sarah Long leading the way at 13 while Lydia Byrom chipped in nine and Jordan Curry added eight. "Farmington played really well. They had some good hitters that were finding open spots," said KCHS head coach Brian Joe.
Farmington will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament, but has a match with Los Alamos on Saturday before then.
"They're around No. 11 or 12 in the state, so they'd like to knock us off," Hickman said. "I think it will be a good match."
KCHS (7-11, 0-6) is the No. 4 seed and will play at Aztec on Tuesday.
Shiprock 3, Thoreau 1
The Lady Chieftains (7-13, 3-3 District 1-3A) dropped their opening set, but responded to reel off three-straight to defeat the Hawks (9-7 3-3) 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-13 in Thoreau.
"The girls got in a rhythm," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "It was very important to keep that intensity up. The girls didn't let down after that first set and kept moving."
The win gave Shiprock the No. 2 seed in the district tournament by tiebreaker. Thoreau needed five sets to beat the Lady Chieftains in the earlier meeting between the two teams on Oct. 17
Shiprock will host the winner of No. 3 seed Thoreau and No. 4 seed Bloomfield in their next match.
"We don't know what team will show so we always need to be ready," Collins said.