Bloomfield knocks off Kirtland Central

Karl Schneider
Bloomfield's Taneesha Valdez, left, and Shaylee Charley block the ball on Tuesday during their match against Kirtland Central at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield volleyball team put together a complete team performance and knocked off district rival Kirtland Central 25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 25-19 Thursday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“They were able to keep the momentum and play as a team,” Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said. “They were communicating and just playing volleyball -- serving, passing, digging, hitting. We weren’t relying on a couple of players – everyone stepped up tonight. We had hitters all over the floor.”

While the Lady Bobcats (7-6, 3-2 District 1-4A) were playing at their best, KC (8-5, 3-2) was down three starters and needed help from up and down its bench to try to keep things close.

“We’re really young, but it’s nice because the girls have to step up,” KC head coach Nadia Watson said. “I think it will be good for us in the long run. I feel like we’ll be stronger as a team. Just have to make do with what we have, work and grind it out. It’s going to be hard, but we’re not laying down.”

KC will not have a court to practice on leading up to Thursday’s match at Zuni (2-10, 0-3), as the floor at Bronco Arena is being varnished.

Kirtland Central's Jerica Holiday defends the net on Tuesday during the Lady Broncos' match against Bloomfield at Bobcat Gym.

Bloomfield will play at Wingate (13-2, 4-1) on Thursday.

“They’re just going to have to be mentally tough and dig deep,” Collins said of the Lady Bobcats. “No matter where we are, we have to fight. The girls will have to be ready to play.”

Wingate 3, Shiprock 2

Shiprock (8-5, 2-1) couldn’t get on the right side of its match with Wingate mentally and fell to the Lady Bears (13-2, 4-1) in five sets Tuesday night at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

“Basically, it was mental toughness. We beat ourselves up tonight,” Shiprock head coach Teri Atcitty said. “We need to work on the mental aspect of how to get over mistakes quickly and focus on playing volleyball. The fundamentals are there, we just need to get there mentally.”

Atcitty said hitters Tanisha Begay and Chamika Begaye both came through with big kills for the Lady Chieftains.

Shiprock will next play Thoreau (2-10, 0-3) in back-to-back matches. First the Lady Chieftains will go to Thoreau on Thursday, then host the Lady Hawks on Friday.

Navajo Prep 3, Rehoboth Christian 0

Navajo Prep jumped out to an early lead and never let up, dispatching Rehoboth Christian (11-5, 2-2 District 1-3A) 25-18, 25-15, 25-8 Tuesday night in Rehoboth.

“The girls came out a lot better in the first game than we have in the past. We were able to get the first game under our belt and kept the momentum,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said.

Jasmine Coleman led the Lady Eagles (11-1, 4-0) with nine kills while Gabrielle Noon recorded six kills and two blocks.

Coleman also finished the night with 11 assists after moving to setter for a time during the match.

“It’s really great that our team is so versatile,” Crisp said. “We switched it up in all three games. We’ve very versatile, which is huge for us because other teams can’t focus on one thing we’re doing.”

Prep will play at Tohatchi (12-3, 2-2) on Thursday.

Miyamura 3, Aztec 1

Aztec (3-11, 0-4 District 1-5A) couldn’t get its offense going and suffered a 25-13, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15 loss to Miyamura (8-4, 2-2) Tuesday night in Gallup.

Aztec head coach Anna Strauss said the Lady Tigers are still working to find their rhythm.

Sophomore Vanessa Chavez finished the night with seven kills and five blocks.

Myra McCaskill and Jaley Frame finished with 20 and 13 digs each.

Aztec will host Piedra Vista (11-4, 4-0) on Thursday.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.