FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central volleyball team handed Wingate (11-2, 2-1 District 1-4A) just its second loss of the season Tuesday night, outlasting the No. 3 Lady Bears 25-15, 24-26, 25-17, 24-26, 15-8 at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.
“They just fought really hard. They were ready to go from the beginning. They grinded it out,” KC head coach Nadia Watson said. “They stuck with it, and I’m very proud of my girls.”
At one point in the second set, the Lady Broncos (8-3, 3-0) trailed 22-11, but found a spark in freshman TJ Nez’s serving.
“She really gave us a boost,” Watson said of Nez. “She really came in and wasn’t intimidated at all. She just went out there and played. I think that gave the girls a boost in confidence to battle back.”
Watson said senior Krystal Sheka played well, registering powerful kills for the Lady Broncos, while fellow senior Deiondra Smith found holes in the Wingate defense to put away her kills.
KC will face longtime rival Shiprock (8-3, 2-0) Thursday at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
“It’s going to be an all-out battle,” Watson said of the Shiprock match. “I’m expecting to go five games with them, and my girls need to be ready to grind it out.”
Shiprock 3, Zuni 0
Shiprock (8-3, 2-0) had little trouble against Zuni (2-10, 0-3) and rolled past the Lady Thunderbirds in straight sets Tuesday night in Zuni.
Shiprock head coach Teri Atcitty said the Lady Chieftains passed the ball and communicated well during the match to help get the win.
“First two sets were pretty easy,” Atcitty said. “The third set was the closest. We made some mistakes that allowed them to pull back in it.”
Atcitty said Tanisha Begay and Chamika Begaye came through with good hitting in the win.
Scores from each set were not available.
Shiprock will host Kirtand Central (8-3, 3-0) on Thursday.
Bloomfield 3, Thoreau 0
Bloomfield picked up its first win in district play with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 sweep of Thoreau Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.
“The girls played very well,” Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said. “They played as a team, and that’s the reason they were able to cut the margin (of each set) down. Our bench got some playing time and had a key role in the win. Overall, it was a great team effort. The girls came ready to play and were focused.”
Collins said she hopes the win can help the Lady Bobcats build some momentum and confidence heading into the rest of the district schedule.
Bloomfield will play at Zuni (2-10, 0-3) on Thursday.
Piedra Vista 3, Gallup 0
Piedra Vista (10-4, 3-0 District 1-5A) made quick work of Gallup (3-10, 1-2), sweeping the Lady Bengals 25-19, 25-15, 25-12 Tuesday night in Gallup.
“The girls played pretty well,” PV head coach Ron Becker said. “We played with a lot of different lineups, and it was nice to get some younger players in the rotation.”
Becker said outside hitter Bebe Jaquez and Hannah Robinson had good performances, recording eight and 10 kills each.
PV also saw Stephanie Schmidt log valuable playing time with the varsity team while she’s working her way back into the rotation after having back surgery.
PV will play Miyamura (7-3, 1-1) on Thursday in Gallup.
Farmington 3, Miyamura 1
Farmington (7-6, 1-1) bounced back from a slow start and picked up a 14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 win over Miyamura (7-3, 1-1) Tuesday night at Scorpion Gym.
“It was a super-slow start, but we found a way back in,” Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. “After the first set, we started picking up steam and figuring out what we needed to do.”
Lexie Jackson finished the night with 33 digs, while Ashley Flack recorded 24 assists in the victory.
Hickman praised senior Georgia Willie and Mishael Isaacson’s ability to control the middle of the net.
Farmington will host Aztec (3-8, 0-2) on Thursday.
Navajo Prep 3, Crownpoint 1
Sometimes a dropped set is all a team needs to come alive, and that was the case Tuesday night when Navajo Prep bounced back from an opening set loss to dominate Crownpoint (7-6, 1-2 District 1-3A) 19-25, 25-12, 25-11, 25-6 in Crownpoint.
Martinique Larvingo registered eight aces in the win for Prep (9-1, 2-0). Shantel King finished with 28 assists while Jasmine Coleman recorded 30 digs in the win.
Prep will host Newcomb (10-2, 0-2) on Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.