Kirtland Central fights back to upset Wingate

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FARMINGTON – The Navajo Prep volleyball team kept rolling with a 25-16, 27-25, 25-12 sweep of Crownpoint (7-9, 1-5 District 1-3A) Thursday night at the Eagles Nest.

“We played well tonight,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “Crownpoint came out strong in the second game and put us on a streak of errors, but we were able to pull off the close win.”

Kaylee Wood finished with 17 digs for the Lady Eagles while Jazmin Benally recorded 16 assists. LeShauntai Adams and Jasmine Coleman each finished with eight kills in the win.

Prep will host Rehoboth Christian (11-5, 2-2) on Thursday, then close out the regular season at Newcomb (11-4, 1-4) on Friday.

“We’re focusing on the little things and our personal goals that we set for ourselves,” Crisp said. “If we can continue to hold ourselves accountable, that will make us so much better.”

Piedra Vista 3, Gallup 0

Piedra Vista faced little trouble in its match with Gallup, knocking off the Lady Bengals 25-14, 25-21, 25-13 on senior night Thursday at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.

PV head coach Ron Becker said it wasn’t the performance he was looking for, but it was good enough to get the win.

“Mostly, we were just having a hard time getting fired up and getting the intensity up,” Becker said. “The gym was pretty quiet — not a lot of people there, and that makes it tougher.”

With senior night, Becker changed the team’s regular lineup to get all the seniors more time on the court. He said all the changes to the lineup were also a factor in the team’s performance.

Senior Alex Johnson led the Lady Panthers with 12 kills, while fellow seniors Hannah Robinson and Autumn Begay added 11 and 10 kills respectively.

PV will close out the regular season on Tuesday, hosting Miyamura (10-4, 4-2).

Miyamura 3, Farmington 1

Slow starts in the first and second set were too much of an obstacle for Farmington to overcome, and the Lady Scorps fell to Miyamura 25-17, 25-19, 15-25, 25-20 Thursday night in Gallup.

“The girls struggled getting started in game one. Game two, they found their tempo, but not soon enough,” Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. “We have to find a way to start winning faster in our games.”

After cruising to a win in the third, the Lady Scorps (9-9, 3-3) jumped to a 12-4 lead in the fourth, but struggled receiving the serves from Lady Patriots (10-4, 4-2).

Hickman said it was a tough loss, but he said there was some progress, and the team played more consistently than it did in Tuesday’s match against Piedra Vista.

Farmington will play at Aztec (3-15, 0-6) on Tuesday.

Pagosa Springs, Colo., 3, Aztec 0

Pagosa Springs, Colo., moved past Aztec (3-15) with little trouble, sweeping the Lady Tigers 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 in a nondistrict match Thursday night in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Aztec (0-6 District 1-5A) will host Farmington (9-9, 3-3) on Tuesday.

Aztec head coach Anna Strauss could not be reached for comment.

Kirtland Central 3, Wingate 2

Kirtland Central seems to have Wingate’s number this year.

On Oct. 6, the Lady Broncos (11-5, 6-2 District 1-4A) handed the Lady Bears their first district loss of the season. On Thursday night, they beat them again, as KC went on the road and came away with the 3-1 win over Wingate (15-3, 6-2).

The upset marks KC’s third straight victory, but it was not easy. The match went five sets, with final scores of 20-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-22 and 16-14.

The Lady Broncos had to fight back all night, especially in the game’s final two sets. Their backs were against the wall in the fourth set, as they trailed by six points at two different points in the match. But they came back to steal it 25-22 to force a decisive fifth set.

“The girls did a good job boosting each other up tonight,” KC coach Nadia Watson said. “They were mentally tough. They didn’t give up on each other, and they didn’t give up on plays.”

Kirtland was in an even worse predicament in the fifth set. Down 13-9, the Lady Broncos managed to battle back and win 16-14 in front of an energetic Wingate crowd.

Watson said she got a true team effort out of her girls, who look to be closer to full health than they’ve been in quite a few weeks.

“When we lost to Bloomfield and Shiprock a couple of weeks ago, we were out a few girls,” Watson said. “But everyone’s back now, and things are looking up. It’ll also be good to get a full weekend to recover. We haven’t had that in a while.”

Kirtland will try to avenge an Oct. 8 loss to Shiprock when the teams do battle at Bronco arena on Tuesday night.

Shiprock 3, Zuni 0

Shiprock swept Zuni 3-0 Thursday night at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.

The final scores of the sets were 25-9, 25-20 and 25-19.

Lady Chieftains coach Teri Attcity could not be reached for comment.

Bloomfield 3, Thoreau 0

Bloomfield swept Thoreau 3-0, winning the sets by scores of 25-11, 25-18, 25-21 Thursday in Thoreau.

Lady Bobcats coach Rae Collins could not be reached for comment.

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

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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