Aztec keeps rolling, sweeps Kirtland Central
Navajo Prep, Bloomfield and Farmington all take care of business against district foes
- Aztec swept Kirtland Central to remain flawless in District 1-5A action this year.
- Farmington had little trouble with visiting Gallup and won in straight sets.
- Navajo Prep got big contributions from Martinique Larvingo and Taina Sandoval in a 3-0 win over Wingate.
- Bloomfield rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to sink Miyamura 3-2 on the road.
FARMINGTON — The Aztec volleyball team won its sixth straight game and remained undefeated in district play tonight when the Lady Tigers swept Kirtland Central 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
"I'm pretty proud of them," Aztec coach Anna Strauss said. "We mixed the ball up and a lot of girls were able to get involved."
Taley Ferrari, Vanessa Chavez, Reigan Weaver and Savannah McCarthy all had five kills in the dominant effort by the Lady Tigers (10-6, 6-0 District 1-5A). Jaley Frame added six aces.
KC (4-9, 4-2) came into the match hot, having strung together four straight wins. But the Lady Tigers neutralized their opponents by playing well in every facet of the game.
"The girls really served well and blocked well," Strauss said.
Lady Broncos coach Nadia Watson could not be reached for comment after the match.
Aztec is home to face Bloomfield on Tuesday, the same day KC welcomes Farmington into Bronco Arena.
Navajo Prep 3, Wingate 0
Navajo Prep is putting an emphasis on starting strong, and coach Rainy Crisp's girls did that Thursday, in a 3-0 sweep of Wingate at the Eagles Nest.
Taina Sandoval had a big night with seven aces and 19 assists, while Martinique Larvingo chipped in with 11 kills and seven blocks to help the Lady Eagles (8-5, 3-0 District 1-4) win 25-17, 25-16, 25-13.
Next on Prep's schedule is a rematch with Shiprock. The Lady Eagles were able to pick up the 3-1 victory the last time the 1-4A rivals met on Oct. 4.
Crisp said her girls are going to have to dig deep if they want to go two for two this season against a solid Shiprock (10-5, 1-1) team.
"We have to come in extra prepared and extra mentally focused," Crisp said. "Shiprock's going to come out much harder. It's at their place. We're going to have to exceed our intensity from even tonight."
Farmington 3, Gallup 0
The Lady Scorpions cruised past Gallup tonight at Scorpion Gym with a clean sweep.
Farmington didn't have to work nearly as hard tonight as it worked on Tuesday during a marathon of a match with Bloomfield. The Lady Scorps (7-9, 4-2 District 1-5A) were able to put the Lady Bengals (6-9, 0-6) away 25-10, 25-11, 25-19.
"They just had a lot of fun, in all honesty," Farmington coach Alana Rowland said after the match. "They took control of the game and just never let it go."
The Lady Scorps never trailed in any set.
Rowland said she will give her players the weekend off after they secured their third straight win.
Bloomfield 3, Miyamura 2
The Lady Bobcats fell into a huge hole against Miyamura tonight, but showed a lot of heart in winning the match 3-2 on the road.
"This was huge for us, it being our longest (road) trip of the year," Bloomfield coach Sunny Baird said. "We showed a lot of fight."
Bloomfield (7-9, 3-3) was outplayed thoroughly in the first two sets, losing 17-25, 15-25. But behind Natasha Largo's 54 total digs, and Mattie Waresback's 20 kills and eight blocks, the visitors were able to snatch the final three sets 25-17, 25-17, 15-12.
After also playing five sets on Tuesday versus Farmington, Baird said she thought her girls were the opposite of fatigued tonight.
"I actually think they like playing more games. It pumps them up," Baird said. "Keep upping those reps and adding up stats."
Elena Florez dished out 36 assists in the win for Bloomfield, which put a halt to a three-match losing skid by rallying past the Lady Patriots (6-10, 1-5).
Shiprock coach Teri Atcitty could not be reached for comment after her team's match with Thoreau.
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