Lady Eagles fall to Desert Academy in five sets

Karl Schneider
  • Martinique Larvingo paced the Lady Eagles front line with 16 kills and 18 blocks
  • Prep will open play at the PV Invite on Friday against Farmington

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep volleyball team has struggled to find its groove this season and has now dropped three straight matches after falling to Desert Academy tonight in Santa Fe.


After getting swept by Capital Tuesday night, Prep coach Rainy Crisp was mostly interested in seeing the Lady Eagles come out with more passion against Desert Academy than they had against Capital.

“I was anxious to see how we’d come back after the loss (Tuesday), and the girls came out and dominated in the first set,” Crisp said. “They were working together and talking really well. We were mentally weak (Tuesday), but today we came out well. I’m much happier about today.”

After rolling through the first set to a 25-13 win, Prep (2-3) struggled with it passing in the second and third sets, allowing the Lady Wildcats (2-0) to build a lead that was too much for Prep to overcome. The hosts won those two sets by scores of 30-28 and 25-16.

Prep came out stronger in the fourth set to pick up a narrow victory by a 25-23 score and force a decisive fifth set.

Like the second and fourth sets, the two sides traded blows from start to finish before a few service errors from the Lady Eagles late in the set gave the advantage to Desert Academy in a 22-20 set.

Crisp said the front line for the Lady Eagles created a challenge for Desert Academy for most of the night with Martinique Larvingo leading the way with 16 kills and 18 blocks.

“That front line did a great job tonight,” Crisp said. “(Larvingo) worked well with the other girls, Necole (Begay) and Karia (Wilson), they really worked well tonight. They were fierce at the net tonight.”

Begay finished the night with 28 digs and nine kills, and Taina Sandoval dished out 26 assists.

Prep will play at the Piedra Vista Invitational on Friday, facing Farmington (1-1) in pool play.

I want the girls to get better and compete every game. I don’t want us to fold over or roll over, which I know we won’t,” Crisp said. “I want them to compete and know they can play with these top teams. I think we got our motivation and our confidence back tonight. We should be OK when the PV Invite gets going.”

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