Farmington shuts down Lady Broncos

Karl Schneider The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Farmington is hitting its stride on the volleyball court.

After winning the silver bracket at the Santa Fe Tournament during the weekend, the Lady Scorps carried the momentum over to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 sweep of Kirtland Central (3-2) Tuesday night at Scorpion Gym.

"We're seeing them trust each other on the floor and having confidence in the player beside them. I think that's a big part of the win tonight," Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. "We got into a rhythm, and that's important. There were couple of times we fell out of rhythm, but we found it again quickly."

While the Lady Scorps (3-4) had everything going, it was the opposite on the other side of the court.

"They really just didn't come to play today. That's it, plain and simple," KC head coach Nadia Watson said. "We tried making adjustments, and it just didn't work today. To be honest, they weren't ready to go today."

Hickman said senior Ashley Flack stepped up and provided leadership when the team needed it, and freshman Bergan Campbell provided an offensive spark with some hard kills.

Kirtland Central will host Miyamura (5-1) Thursday.

Farmington will spend the weekend at the Rio Rancho Tournament.

Piedra Vista 3, Bayfield 0

Piedra Vista pulled off a sweep of Bayfield, Colo., in a raucous environment, knocking off the Lady Wolverines 25-12, 25-18, 27-25 in Bayfield.

They played really well under the pressure," PV head coach Ron Becker said. "They (Bayfield) had an extremely loud crowd up there. I'm really glad with how the girls played."

Becker said he thought getting the win in a tough environment would be a good boost the team's confidence for this weekend's trip to the Rio Rancho tournament.

"I think it's really going to help," Becker said. "We weren't happy with how we played against Los Lunas (Saturday), and tonight they definitely showed how they can play. I think it will be a good confidence boost."

PV spread the offense around during the match, and no one recorded double-digit kills.

Freshman Courtney Moore finished the night with eight kills and 14 blocks.

Espanola Valley 3, Aztec 1

Aztec (3-6) has been on the verge of a breakthrough performance the last couple of weeks, and the Lady Tigers remain in search of a statement win after falling to Española Valley (5-3) 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 25-12 Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.

"It was a battle the whole way through," Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said. "We changed the lineup again to try to get something going. They (the Lady Tigers) played hard. They didn't give up. We just need to keep working hard."

After the close loss, Strauss told her team that tough losses are part of the game, and they have to be resilient and work hard if they want to bounce back.

Strauss said Kodie Henderson did a great job at the service line, while Vanessa Harris was a force at the net for the Lady Tigers.

Aztec's next match will be against Piedra Vista (7-2) in Farmington on Tuesday.

Bloomfield 3, Gallup 2

It was an up-and-down night for Bloomfield, but fortunately for the Lady Bobcats (4-4), there were more ups than downs as they held off Gallup (2-5) in five sets 15-25, 25-10, 25-18, 23-25, 15-12 Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said the Lady Bobcats started slow in the first set, but came out strong in the second and third sets to pick up wins.

In the fourth set, Bloomfield held a 21-16 advantage before mental errors allowed the Lady Bengals to come back and get the win.

"Miscommunication errors and errors we shouldn't be making," Collins said, describing her team's problems in the fourth set. "But the girls were able to pull it off. They didn't have as many errors and cleaned things up in the fifth game."

Collins said everyone contributed both offensively and defensively, and it was good for the girls to see how much of a team effort it takes to earn close wins.

Bloomfield will begin play in District 1-4A Tuesday, hosting defending district champion Wingate (7-0).

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