Lady Bobcats claim title at home tourney

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Wins are good and tournament titles are better, but winning your own tournament is best of all.

And that's exactly what the Bloomfield volleyball team did Saturday, topping Crownpoint in four sets 25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22 to win the Bloomfield Tournament at Bobcat Gym.

"I think it's going to be a good confidence boost, both mentally and physically," Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said. "We've been fighting the mental battles, and this helps them understand what they need to do and that they need to rely on each other."

After taking the first set, the Lady Bobcats started to pull away again in the second and built a 17-11 lead. But just as it did the first set, Bloomfield became a little complacent and allowed the Lady Eagles back into the set. Crownpoint went on to outscore Bloomfield 14-5 down the stretch to win and even the match at 1-1.

The loss in the second set seemed to ignite the Lady Bobcats, who controlled the majority of the fourth set.

The two sides battled throughout the fifth set. With the score tied at 20, the Lady Bobcats finally got the upper hand, taking a 23-20 lead before finishing the set and the match for the victory.

Bloomfield's Elena Florez, Natasha Largo and Maddy Waresback were named to the all-tournament team, and Waresback took home MVP honors.

"She's very aggressive, and she's very determined," Collins said of Waresback. "Those are great qualities that she has, and she brings that to the court. She's able to motivate her team members, and it helps to have her on the court."

Farmington 3, Santa Fe 0

The Farmington volleyball team may have turned a corner this season.

Coming into this weekend's tournament in Sante Fe with an 0-4 record, the Lady Scorpions were able to bounce back from a mediocre pool play effort to win the silver bracket championship.

Coach Dan Hickman's team bested Belen in the final in straight sets, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-13.

"The first (game), we ran off with a fair amount of points and slipped back into a close game," Hickman said. "Set two was back and forth until we pulled it out. Then, in the last one, (Belen) kind of lost their spirit."

Senior and team captain Ashley Flack was named tournament MVP. Georgia Willie was named to the all-tournament team.

"Both girls played phenomenal this weekend," Hickman said.

Flack had 35 assists against Belen. Willie racked up 27 kills.

After a slow start to the season, the Lady Scorps may have received a much-needed shot of confidence moving forward, according to Hickman.

"The girls are finally jelling and trusting each other on the court," he said. "We made a few changes when we played Bayfield (Colo.), and we stuck to those changes down here. Now we just need to start building on what we've done this week."

Los Lunas 3, Piedra Vista 0

Piedra Vista cruised through pool play and into the gold bracket of the Sante Fe tourney before coming out flat and losing three straight to Los Lunas in the final.

Los Lunas took the match 25-13, 25-17 and 25-22. PV coach Ron Becker said the match resembled the final of last week's PV Classic, in which St. Pius X had its way with the hosts.

"We kind of started realizing we could play with (Los Lunas) in the third set, but by then, it was kind of too late," Becker said. "If we would have started playing that way earlier, we could have made a push for the title. The girls have just had confidence issues, for whatever reason."

Becker said he'll make practices tougher going forward to try and increase his team's mental strength.

Sports reporter Jake Newby contributed to this story.

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