FARMINGTON — Navajo Prep couldn’t get anything going against Eunice on Friday evening and fell to the Lady Cardinals 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
The loss in the semifinals eliminated the Lady Eagles from the 3A state tournament.
“It was definitely one of those games where nothing would go right for us. I think we just couldn’t get any momentum going,” Prep head coach Rainy Crisp said. “Eunice came out very strong in the first game and kept the momentum. It was hard to come back from that first loss.”
Crisp said the Lady Eagles put together some rallies, but were never able to take charge in the sets.
To get to the semifinal match, the Lady Eagles dispatched of Santa Fe Prep 25-23, 25-16, 25-10 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
While Prep came up short of its goal of playing for a state title, Crisp said that as long as the Lady Eagles learn from the experience, it can’t be considered a loss.
Crisp also said a key component of the team's success this season stemmed from the way the seniors took on leadership roles and brought everyone together.
"We have improved so much from the beginning of the season. The one thing I’m most proud of the girls is how they came together as a team," Crisp said. "That was one thing I was a little worried about because at the beginning of the season, we had our little cliques, but right now their bond is strong and that’s what I’m most proud of."
Los Lunas 3, Piedra Vista 1
Piedra Vista’s season came to a close today during the quarterfinals of the 5A state volleyball tournament in Rio Rancho.
The Lady Panthers fell to Los Lunas 25-14, 14-25, 25-19, 25-22.
“We started slow in the first set, but in the second, they turned it around immediately and hammered them. I’m really proud of the way they came back,” PV head coach Ron Becker said. “The third and fourth sets were a dog fight all the way through. We were up in the fourth set, and I thought we were going to push it to a fifth, but it didn’t go our way.”
Setter Kamryn Gordon finished the match with 39 assists, spreading the action around. Bebe Jaquez led the Lady Panthers with 13 kills, Autumn Begay recorded 10 kills and Hannah Robinson and Courtney Moore added eight kills each.
After losing seven seniors from last year’s team, Becker praised this year’s seniors for embracing the team’s leadership roles.
Becker also said he was impressed with the improvement the team made as a whole from the start of the season.
“I’m really super proud of them. From the start of the year until now, I wish you could’ve seen them play down here because they were amazing,” Becker said. “One thing I was super proud of was they fought form the start until the very end. They played hard every point. I’m very impressed with the level we were playing at.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.