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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep volleyball team made things look easy Wednesday night, shutting down Dulce in three sets 25-14, 25-7, 25-18 at the Eagles Nest.

"I think we came out a little sluggish in the first game, but we picked it up in the second game, especially with our passing," Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said.

The slow start in the first game didn't last long, as the Lady Eagles (3-0) quickly turned things around and opened a 16-9 lead, forcing Dulce (1-2) to call its first timeout. But the break in action wasn't enough to slow Prep down. Out of the timeout, the Lady Eagles started hitting their serves into the gaps of the Dulce defense to take the first set with ease.

"In our last two games, we haven't been hitting our serves where we want to, but this game we got a lot more serves over and in," Prep senior LeShauntai Adams said. "Serves are very important in the game, and we're looking to use that."

Prep carried the momentum from the first set over to the second, jumping to a 5-0 lead before Dulce called a timeout. Again, the timeout didn't have the affect Dulce hoped for, with Prep outscoring the Lady Hawks 20-7 to close out the set.

The third set was a different story.

Prep had a shaky start to the set and was unable to find a rhythm, but after the Lady Eagles took a 10-8 lead, they began to pull away and secured the win.

"We really have to do a better job on our passing. Our passing on the back row wasn't too great tonight," Crisp said. "We're still messing with the lineup and moving people around, so we're hoping to have a solid lineup for this weekend."

The Lady Eagles will need to be on point this weekend when they head across town to play in the Piedra Vista Classic.

Crisp said the 12-team tournament will help the team see where it's at against top competition.

"We really enjoy playing in the PV invite. The competition is great, and we're really using this to see where we're at," Crisp said. "Our girls have been working hard, and this is always a tournament we want to prepare for. Tomorrow's practice is going to be big for us."

During last year's PV Classic, the Lady Eagles finished first in the silver bracket. Adams said the lessons they learned at last year's tournament played a big role in helping the team reached the 3A state championship match last season, and this year, the Lady Eagles are hoping to topple the host team.

"We learned a lot from that tournament, and we implemented a lot of the things we learned into what we did at state last year. We're still using those things we learned this year," Adams said. "We have PV in our pool, and I think we're ready to take them. We just have to play smart. It's going to be a great experience, and I think it's going to help us a lot throughout the season. We'll use that tournament to fix the things we need to fix."

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

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