FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista volleyball team had little trouble with crosstown rival Farmington and blew past the Lady Scorps 25-10, 25-11, 25-18 Tuesday night at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
The Lady Panthers came out with an intensity they’ve often lacked during the season.
“I was really happy with how they performed,” PV head coach Ron Becker said. “We let up a little in the third (set), but the first two, as you know, we’ve had a little trouble starting slow, and I was really proud of the way they came out and jumped on them right away.”
The Lady Panthers (14-4, 6-0 District 1-5A) did everything they wanted to and jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in the first set to force Farmington (9-8, 3-2) to call a time out to regroup. But the break in action only led to more success for PV, which went on a 9-4 run to blow the game open with a 19-8 lead.
The Lady Scorps called another timeout, facing the nine-point deficit, but the damage was already done.
The first set was a sign of things to come for the Lady Scorps, who couldn’t seem to find any rhythm during the match.
“They didn’t come to play. They were taken out of their element,” Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. “We didn’t have any passing. The back row didn’t do their job tonight, and when you don’t have passing, you have no attack. It all comes back to our defense and passing, and when you don’t have that, you can’t play.”
PV started strong again in the second set, getting multiple points in multiple ways from junior outside hitter Bebe Jaquez.
“She’s been doing really well and has been really consistent,” Becker said of Jaquez. “Tonight, a lot of the things she did (were) not about how hard she hit the ball. She played extremely smart. She had a ball that they dug out, and she went right back up and put it away, she had the tip when she needed to. She just made really good volleyball choices, which is really helpful and makes a big difference.”
In the third set, the Lady Panthers looked a bit too relaxed and allowed Farmington to build an early 8-4 lead.
PV bounced back, going on a 6-0 run to take a 10-8 lead and forcing Farmington to burn a timeout.
The two sides went back and forth for a bit, with PV eventually building an 18-13 lead. The Lady Scorps managed to cut the deficit to 18-16, but following a PV timeout to calm the team down, the Lady Panthers ran off five straight points to open up a healthy lead before locking up the set and the match.
Farmington will travel to Gallup on Thursday to battle Miyamura (9-4, 3-2).
“I can tell you tomorrow we’ll be working on our passing game. Right now, that’s our focus,” Hickman said. “The girls need to get their heads back in the game.”
PV will host Gallup (4-12, 1-4) on Thursday.
“I want to see the same intensity we had tonight the whole was through,” Becker said of Thursday’s match. “No matter what the score is, we want to play for each point. Every point is just as important as a championship.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.