Farmington holds off Miyamura 3-1

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Farmington volleyball team will have a chance to win the District 1-5A tournament title and receive the automatic berth to the state tournament after the Lady Scorps held off Miyamura 25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 27-25 Thursday night at Scorpion Gym.

“We just beat the No. 8 (ranked) team, and that’s big for us when we’re looking at state,” Lady Scorpions head coach Dan Hickman said. “We were No. 14, and they (Miyamura) were ranked eighth. We worked hard tonight for that win.”

Farmington jumped on Miyamura after the Lady Patriots came out flat in the first set to pick up the easy win.

But Miyamura came out with a new energy in the second set and battled the Lady Scorps from start to finish. The two sides traded points throughout the set, and neither held more than a three-point lead until late in the set.

After Miyamura took a 19-17 lead, Hickman called a timeout to regroup.

Farmington's Mishael Isaccson, left, and Bergan Campbell block a spike during Thursday's match against Miyamura at Scorpion Gym in Farmington.

“Just find more confidence and settle down is what I told them,” Hickman said. “I wanted them to gain some composure.”

After the break, the Lady Scorps went on a 6-0 run to take control 23-19 and lock up the win.

The third set started similar to the second with the two teams trading points. With Miyamura leading 5-4, the Lady Scorps fell out of the rhythm they had in the first two sets and saw the Lady Patriots run away with the win.

The fourth set was again back and forth, with the largest lead either side held being three points.

With the set tied at 22, Farmington freshman JJ Curry delivered a powerful kill, blasting the ball across the court from her outside position on the left side to give Farmington a 23-22 lead and help propel the Lady Scorps to the win.

Farmington will play at Piedra Vista at 7 p.m. Saturday in the district championship.

“They play on off-speed game,” Hickman said of PV. “They’ll come at you hard, then back off, then come at you hard again. We’re going to have to be prepared for what they’re going to bring at us.”

Farmington’s leading hitter, senior Georgia Willie, did not play in the match after suffering a head injury earlier in the week. She was cleared by her doctor to play, but Farmington made the decision just before the match to keep her out as a precautionary measure.

Hickman said he’s hopeful Willie will be available to play in Saturday’s championship.

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