PV, KC land in Gold Bracket at PV Invitational

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista volleyball team wanted to come out on top of pool play as the No. 1 seed for its annual invitational tournament, and that’s exactly what the Lady Panthers did today at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

Piedra Vista's Courtney Moore gets a kill against Ganado, Ariz., on Friday during the Piedra Vista Invitational at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.

The Lady Panthers were almost perfect during pool play. PV coach Ron Becker said the Lady Panthers spread their production around, which has become the norm for the team this season, but did get a few vicious kills from sophomore Courtney Moore.

The first-place finish in Pool A places PV in the Gold Bracket, where the Lady Panthers will face Kirtland Central, which finished second in Pool B.

KC coach Nadia Watson said the Lady Broncos rediscovered their intensity after a lackluster outing last week when they were swept by rival Shiprock.

Arizona’s Monument Valley won Pool B, and fellow Arizona program Ganado finished second in Pool A to round out the Gold Bracket.

Kirtland Central's Tiana Aspaas digs the ball during a match against Aztec at the Piedra Vista Invitational on Friday at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse in Farmington.

The Silver Bracket features matchups of Farmington versus Dulce, and Navajo Prep versus PV’s junior varsity team.

The Lady Scorps had a bit of a slow start to the day, suffering a bit of a hangover from losses to PV on Tuesday and Shiprock on Thursday. But Farmington coach Alana Rowland said that in the final two matches of pool play, against PV and Bloomfield, the Lady Scorps played the best they have all season.

Bloomfield, which recently came under the direction of new coach Sunni Baird, finished fifth in Pool A and will play Grants in the Bronze Bracket.

Joining the Lady Bobcats in that bracket will be Aztec and Shiprock. Aztec finished fifth in Pool B to earn a meeting with Wingate, and Shiprock was sixth in Pool B to set up a meeting with Gallup.

After sweeping Farmington Thursday night, Shiprock coach Teri Atcitty said the Lady Chieftains struggled to get on track during pool play. Atcitty said that after a rough start to the day, it was tough for her team to pull itself out of the funk and build any momentum during the matches.

The first matches for Saturday are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.

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