Navajo Prep picks up a win in season opener

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — Navajo Prep started its season with a win, bouncing back from a first-set loss to knock off Desert Academy 25-27, 25-20, 25-13, 25-16 Thursday night at the Eagles Nest.

Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said the Lady Eagles (1-0) made too many mistakes that allowed Desert Academy (0-1) to hang around during the match.

"We did well for our first game. We had little errors that gave them easy points, and too many serving errors gave them points," Crisp said. "Overall, the girls were great at bouncing back. I think we have a good mix of girls who are very versatile, but we're definitely still trying to find the right lineup."

Crisp said some of the mistakes were likely caused by first-match nerves.

But some of the Lady Eagles made the most of their season opener with strong performances.

"We had a few girls who surprised me tonight," Crisp said. "Kayla O'Jaye, our libero, did a great job and had some great passes and digs. Shantel King stepped up with Jazmin Benally to fill some big shoes at setter after Keona Leano graduated."

King finished the night with five aces. Diamond Jones recorded eight kills, and Martinique Larvingo registered six blocks.

Prep will have a quick turnaround for its next match, hosting Laguna Acoma (1-0) tonight.

Aztec 3, Grants 1

Aztec (2-1) picked up a win in its home opener, topping Grants (1-2) 25-16, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.

"I thought they played well," Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said of the Lady Tigers. "We passed so much better today. Our timing was a bit off, but we are right there. We're fixing to be dangerous."

Along with the good passing, Strauss said the team played great defense to help get the win.

As a team, Aztec recorded 11 aces.

Vanessa Chavez had eight kills to go with her eight blocks, while Natasha Jaramillo and Karly Phillips finished the game with 16 and 12 digs, respectively.

"Everyone is contributing," Strauss said. "Having everyone be an option lets us mix it up. We still have a long way to go, like everyone, but the girls are working hard and getting better every time we step on the court."

Aztec will host Bloomfield (1-1) on Tuesday.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.