Shiprock reaches finals of Set to Kill Tourney

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Shiprock volleyball team got off to a strong start at the Set to Kill Tournament, knocking off Shiprock Northwest and Delores in pool play Friday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

In the team's first match against the Lady Falcons (0-2), Shiprock dispatched of its cross-town foe in straight sets 25-9, 25-17, 25-6.

The Lady Chieftains (2-0) carried the dominant performance over to the Dolores (0-1) match, sweeping the Lady Bears in straight sets, as well.

"They did pretty good," Shiprock head coach Teri Atcitty said of the Lady Chieftains. "They communicated well and started to work together better after working out the first-game jitters."

Atcitty said Tanisha Begay and Kylie McKinley played well and combined to record the majority of the team's kills in the two matches.

The wins make Shiprock the top seed in its pool, and the Lady Chieftains will face Miyamura (3-0) in the championship match at 2 this afternoon.

"They need to be mentally ready and prepared to play the game they know," Atcitty said of her team. "They need to keep communicating with each other, and once they get going, they're pretty good."

Navajo Prep 3, Laguna Acoma 0

After a somewhat shaky start in Thursday's season opener, Navajo Prep (2-0) dominated in its second match of the season, sweeping Laguna Acoma (1-1) 25-14, 25-15, 25-23 at the Eagles Nest.

Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp did not return phone calls for comment on the win.

Prep will host Dulce (1-1) on Wednesday.

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