FARMINGTON — The Farmington and Aztec volleyball teams battled back and forth all night, but in the end it was the Lady Scorps who came away with a victory in three sets 26-24, 25-21, 25-20 Thursday night at Scorpion Gym.
Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said winning the first set was the toughest task, and the Lady Scorps (8-6, 2-1 District 1-5A) used the momentum from the close win to win the next two sets.
Hickman said senior Georgia Willie did a great job controlling the middle of the court, while freshman Bergen Campbell and JJ Curry came through with five kills each.
Even though the Lady Tigers (3-10, 0-3) couldn’t pick up the victory, head coach Anna Strauss said the team played one of its better matches of the year.
“We played so much better,” Strauss said. “We blocked a ton of balls and dug a ton up. We played much better. I saw some more fire and confidence from the girls tonight.”
Strauss praised the play of front row players Vanessa Chavez and Eden McCluhan.
The Lady Scorps will have a nondistrict match against Hope Christian (7-6) Saturday in Albuquerque.
Aztec will play at Miyamura (7-4, 1-2) on Tuesday.
Piedra Vista 3, Miyamura 0
The Lady Panthers played possibly their most complete game of the season Thursday, sweeping Miyamura on the road to pick up their fourth straight win, all of which have been 1-5A district games.
Miyamura (7-4, 1-2 District 1-5A) didn't pose much of a threat to Piedra Vista on Thursday, as the visitors came away with the 25-13, 25-8, 25-15 win.
PV coach Ron Becker said the teamwork in the match was fantastic.
"If they keep playing like they did tonight, I feel good about our chances the rest of the way," he said. "The girls were very consistent, and they really played together as a team. We had three hitters with over 10 kills."
Those hitters were Autumn Begay, Bebe Jaquez and Hannah Robinson. Begay and Robinson picked up 12 kills apiece while Robinson paced the team with 13.
PV (11-4, 4-0) will try to keep up its winning ways on the road against Aztec on Thursday.
Bloomfield 3, Zuni 2
Bloomfield and Zuni went back and forth all night, and the Lady Bobcats (6-6, 2-2 District 1-4A) earned a hard-fought 25-22, 25-10, 10-25, 22-25, 15-6 victory over the Lady Thunderbirds (2-10, 0-3) Thursday night in Zuni.
Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said the Lady Bobcats did a good job of regaining the momentum to control the game and forcing Zuni to make its own mistakes.
“The girls dug deep and pulled together for the win,” Collins said.
Bloomfield will host Kirtland Central (8-4, 3-1) on Tuesday.
Navajo Prep 3, Newcomb 1
Navajo Prep (10-1, 3-0 District 1-3A) did just enough to get a 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 win over Newcomb (10-3, 0-3) Thursday night at the Eagles Nest.
“We played well enough to win the game,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “It was close the whole game. Newcomb came out great. They came ready to play. I think we underestimated them a little bit.”
Crisp said she thought part of the issue was that the Lady Eagles were looking ahead to the state tournament rather than at the task at hand.
“I think we’re overlooking teams because we want to get back to state and made a run,” she said. “But with the success we’ve had the last couple years, every team is coming in determined to beat us, and we can’t overlook anyone.”
Jasmine Coleman finished the night with 19 kills, while Jazmin Benally registered 23 assists and Kaylee Wood recorded 25 digs.
Prep will start a three-game road stretch on Tuesday at Rehoboth Christian (10-4, 1-1).
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.