Lady Broncos knock off Aztec in four sets

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central volleyball team picked up an impressive win over Aztec, toppling the Lady Tigers 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-10 at Bronco Arena in Kirtland Tuesday night.

"They did a really good job," Lady Broncos head coach Nadia Watson said. "There were times we were down, and the girls grinded it out, and that's what I need from my team. They showed they were resilient."

Watson said Krystal Sheeka and Dominique McGilbert played well and contributed key kills throughout the match.

Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said that despite the loss, she liked what she saw out of her team.

"We're trying a couple of new lineups, so we can see a couple more options," Strauss said. "We're young and still trying to find our groove. We'll have growing pains to work through, but we liked what we saw."

Strauss said Savannah McCarthy and Vanessa Chavez both played well for the Lady Tigers.

Aztec (3-4) will host Bayfield, Colo., (3-5) Thursday.

The Lady Broncos (3-2) will be back in action this weekend at the Bloomfield tournament.

Watson said the main focus right now is getting her team in better condition so the Lady Broncos will be prepared for tough, five-set matches when district play begins in two weeks.

"We showed just a little bit of fatigue (against Aztec)," she said. "At the Bloomfield tournament and in the rest of our matches is where we'll get good conditioning in because they're playing constantly."

Piedra Vista 3, Durango, Colo., 2

Piedra Vista was pushed to the brink, but the Lady Panthers (4-1) came away with a win, holding off Durango, Colo., 23-25, 25-22, 29-27, 19-25, 15-13 at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

"It wasn't pretty, but they battled through it," PV head coach Rob Becker said of the Lady Panthers. "Durango is a tough team, and they have some good servers. We were not on our game tonight, but it's a win."

After being swept by St. Pius X on Saturday during the championship match of the PV Classic, Becker said it was good to see his team fight through and not give up during the match.

Autumn Begay led PV with 11 kills, while Bebe Jaquez finished the night with 10 kills of her own.

PV will next play at the Santa Fe Tournament Friday and Saturday.

Bayfield, Colo., 3, Farmington 1

After picking up a win in the first set, Farmington dropped the next three and fell to Bayfield, Colo., 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 26-24 at Scorpion Gym.

In the fourth set, FHS (0-4) led Bayfield 24-20, but the Lady Wolverines (3-5) scored six unanswered points to win the set and the match.

While it wasn't the result he hoped for, FHS head coach Dan Hickman said the Lady Scorps are getting better.

"We made some changes and saw some improvement," Hickman said. "We got in a hole early on in some of those games, and it's hard to dig out. We saw the youth come out a little bit. But I'm proud of my girls. We took a step forward."

Farmington will host Kirtland Central (3-2) 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.