Shiprock rolls past Bloomfield

Karl Schneider
Shiprock's Tanisha Begay, right, spikes the ball past Bloomfield's Taneesha Valdez on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON – The Shiprock volleyball team put everything together and picked up a clean 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Bloomfield Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“They played pretty well,” Shiprock head coach Teri Atcitty said. “They got off track a little bit, but they got back on pretty quickly. They worked as a team and did a good job communicating.”

Working together and communicating has been a point of emphasis for the Lady Chieftains (12-4, 6-1 District 1-4A) all season, and Atcitty said when the team is working together, it is a much bigger threat.

“It’s a huge key, especially for our team. All of our girls can play all the way around, it’s just a matter of working together,” she said. “When they’re talking, they’re right on.”

Atcitty said the team’s serving was solid throughout the night, and everyone on the court performed well.

Bloomfield (7-8, 3-4) did what it could to limit the Lady Chieftains, but slow starts to the sets doomed the Lady Bobcats.

“We had our moments. We started really slow, and the girls battled back, but we dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said. “And Shiprock was ready to play.”

Bloomfield's Taneesha Valdez, left, and Shaylee Charley, right, defend the net as Shiprock's Chamika Begaye prepares to spike the ball on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Shiprock will host Zuni (3-13, 1-6) on Thursday, while the Lady Bobcats travel to Thoreau to take on the Lady Hawks (2-15, 0-6).

“We just have to refocus and get back to playing our game and our volleyball,” Collins said of the upcoming Thoreau match. “We’re going to look at tonight’s game, but mostly we need to come out ready to play on Thursday.”

Kirtland Central 3, Thoreau 0

Kirtland Central battled through injuries and made quick work of Thoreau (2-15, 0-6) 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 Tuesday night in Thoreau.

“They worked really well tonight,” KC head coach Nadia Begay said. “We’ve been messing around with the lineup, and the girls who have been out on the court really stepped up.”

Watson praised the play of Alexandria Cambridge and Jasmine Shania John, saying the two stepped up to lead the Lady Broncos (10-5, 4-2), and both have been consistent players during all the changes the team is going through with injuries.

“Our libero (John) is just solid,” Begay said. “She reads the ball really well, and she’s vocal on the floor. She’s been really consistent for us.”

KC will go to Fort Wingate on Thursday to take on the Lady Bears (15-2, 6-1). When the two team met earlier in the season in Kirtland, the Lady Broncos came away with a win in five sets.

“We just need to be relentless. I think if we can stick it out, we have an edge on them,” Watson said of the Wingate match. “They (the Lady Broncos) are going to have to grind it out. I think we’re ready. Today went really smoothly, which was nice. I hope they’re not too nervous when they get out there Thursday.”

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