PV finishes unbeaten in District 1-5A

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista volleyball team finished its district schedule undefeated, wrapping up the feat with a 25-19, 28-26, 25-14 victory over Miyamura Tuesday night at Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Tuesday’s win marked the team's 33rd straight win over district opponents. The last loss the Lady Panthers suffered in district play was on Oct. 4, 2011.

“I think this has a lot to do with their confidence. They expect to win district,” PV head coach Ron Becker said. “That’s our goal every year, and it’s nice to see the work pay off.”

Even though PV got the win, Becker thought the team didn’t play that well, saying the girls struggled to play up to the level they’re capable of.

PV (16-4, 8-0 District 1-5A) trailed the Lady Patriots (12-5, 4-3) 24-18 in the second set before Sam Dewees stepped to the service line and brought the Lady Panthers back to tie the set at 24-24, then helped the team to the 28-26 win.

“I can’t commend her enough,” Becker said of Dewees. “She was definitely the MVP of that game. It was super impressive.”

Hannah Robinson led the PV offense with 15 kills. Autumn Begay finished with 13 kills, while Bebe Jaquez and Courtney Moore added 11 and nine kills each.

PV will be off until the district tournament, which begins next week.

Farmington 3, Aztec 1

Farmington is one step closer to the No. 2 seed in the District 1-5A tournament after toppling Aztec 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-19 Tuesday night at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.

“We finally put a few wheels on our car and got it running,” Farmington head coach Dan Hickman said. “Getting the first game was huge. We battled back in the second set, but it was too little too late. The third and fourth games, the girls found themselves and hung in there.”

Hickman praised the play of freshman Bergan Campbell and senior Georgia Willie.

“We’ve found a good combo with her speed, and she’s a good solid hitter. She’s just a freshman and can only get better,” Hickman said of Campbell. “Georgia has great speed and jumping ability, and she leads us with kills. They’ve given us balance in our rotation, which helps us.”

Even though Aztec didn’t get the win, head coach Anna Strauss said the team is getting better with every match.

“We blocked really well, and we served well,” Strauss said. “And we hit a lot better. We were more aggressive at the net, and that really helped our hitting.”

Brianna Bradford led the Lady Tigers with eight kills and six blocks.

During the night, Aztec honored Strauss and celebrated the coach’s 30th year at Aztec.

“That was really special. This has been a big part of my life,” Strauss said. “They know I don’t like to be in the spotlight, so they’re in trouble for that. But they’re a special group."

Farmington and Aztec will close out the regular season on Thursday. Farmington will host Gallup (5-14, 2-5), while Aztec hosts Miyamura (12-5, 4-3).

Bloomfield 3, Zuni 0

Bloomfield has come together more and more as the season has worn on, culminating in a 25-21, 25-18, 25-10 win over Zuni Tuesday night at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Bloomfield head coach Rae Collins said the Lady Bobcats’ ability to work together and communicate was a major factor in coming up with the win.

“They’ve been working hard in practice, and it’s carrying over to the game,” Collins said. “It really helps to have more than one person communicating when they’re on the floor, and they realize they need everyone to work together.”

Collins said the win was a true team performance, and everyone "did everything they were supposed to do.”

Bloomfield will close out the regular season on Thursday, travelling to Kirtland to take on the Lady Broncos (12-5, 7-2).

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