Kirtland Central rolls to straight-sets win over Gallup
FARMINGTON — The Farmington volleyball team wasn’t mentally ready for Los Alamos, and the Lady Hilltoppers (10-3) swept the Lady Scorpions 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 this afternoon at Scorpion Gym.
“I’m kind of disappointed, to say the least,” Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. “I think homecoming got in the way, and these things kind of happen when the girls lose focus. But I don’t want to take anything away from Los Alamos. They’re a very good team.”
After a slow start in the first set, Farmington (6-6) moved outside hitter Georgia Willie to the middle to help slow down Los Alamos’ offense.
“That really helped the dynamic of the last two games,” Hickman said. “I think that’s a change we’re going to stick with so we can control the middle. Georgia did a fantastic job.”
Hickman also praised setter Ashley Flack’s play, saying the senior captain passed the ball well and finished the match with multiple kills.
Along with the distraction of homecoming, Hickman said he thought the Lady Scorps were still feeling the effects of Thursday night’s battle against Piedra Vista.
Farmington (1-0 in District 1-5A) will be back in action Wednesday when the team hosts Miyamura (7-2, 1-0).
Kirtland Central 3, Gallup 0
Kirtland Central (7-3) made quick work of a discombobulated Gallup team (9-3) and cruised to victory in straight sets 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 today in Gallup.
“My girls did a really good job serving today,” KC head coach Nadia Watson said. “They placed the ball well, and we didn’t have any mental errors. They did really well today. We’re still not where we hoped to be at this point, but we’re getting there – we’re coming along.”
Watson said seniors Alexandria Cambridge and Krystal Sheka played well, and setter Jordan Begay passed well throughout the match.
Kirtland Central (2-0 in District 1-4A) will host defending district champions Wingate (11-1) on Tuesday, then travel to Shiprock to battle the Lady Chieftains on Thursday.
“I don’t know if there’s much preparing for those two games,” Watson said. “I think as we go into the game, we’ll try not to over prepare and just stick with what we’ve been doing.”
Navajo Prep 3, Estancia 0
Navajo Prep matched up up against some of the best teams in 3A at Santa Fe Indian School’s Lady Braves Pink Classic this weekend and came away with a third-place finish.
The Lady Eagles (8-1) beat Estancia (3-7) 25-14, 25-22, 25-14 today in the third-place match.
“This was a really great tournament for us to be in,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “It really showed us where we’re at compared to other 3A teams. This was a great way to see what else we need to work on when we play against the best teams in the state.”
Martinique Larvingo and Jasmine Coleman both were named to the all-tournament team.
Crisp said front row players LeShauntai Adams, Diamond Jones and Gabrielle Noon all played well during the tournament, while the back row did a good job of adjusting to the opposition's style of play.
Prep will open play in District 1-3A at Crownpoint (7-5, 1-1) on Tuesday.
Bosque 3, Kirtland Central 1
A couple of mistakes by Kirtland Central were the difference as the Lady Broncos fell to Bosque 3-1 today in Albuquerque.
KC head coach Chad Kimball said the KC defense played very well and kept Bosque (8-2-2, 5-1 District 1-4A) off balance.
“I think we’re really finding our style of play,” Kimball said. “We’ve been searching all year to press our style of play, and I think we’re starting to figure it out. We’re starting to click now.”
Nikki Begay came up with the lone goal for the Lady Broncos (7-8, 4-3). On the play, KC played the ball through the Bosque defense. Bosque’s keeper mishandled the ball and Begay was there to poke it into the back of the net.
Kirtland Central will be off until Saturday when the Lady Broncos travel to Bloomfield to face the Lady Bobcats (4-9, 2-5).
Durango, Colo., 5, Aztec 2
Aztec couldn't get things going against Durango, Colo., and fell to the Demons 5-2 today in Durango.
Durango (7-3-1) found the back of the net four times in the first half, with three goals coming within about five minutes of each other late in the half.
The Tigers (9-6) scored about eight minutes into the second half on a penalty kick.
Aztec’s final goal of the match came in the final two minutes.
The Tigers, (2-1 in District 1-5A) will face Piedra Vista (3-11, 1-1) on Tuesday in Farmington.
Aztec head coach Steve Scales did not return phone calls for comment.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.