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Farmington falls short against Pagosa Springs

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Farmington volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season, but a couple of mental mistakes at the worst times doomed the Lady Scorps to a loss in five sets tonight in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

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The Lady Scorps rolled to 25-16 and 25-23 wins in the first two sets. But flat starts by Farmington in the third and fourth sets, and a mental lapse in the fifth, led to Pagosa Springs picking up the sets 25-21, 25-18 and 15-12 to earn the victory.

“Tonight, things were really good. I’m pleased with the movement and communication — everything was great,” Farmington coach Alana Rowland said. “I know it’s all there, we’re just mentally a little weak.”

After leading the entire time in the first and second sets, Farmington came out flat in the third and fell behind 21-10. But the Lady Scorps wouldn’t go away, rallying behind aggressive serves to come back to challenge for the win.

The late rally in the third seemed to take the fight out of the Lady Scorps in the fourth set. Again they came out flat, but this time, they could not put a rally together to put pressure on Pagosa Springs.

In the fifth set, Farmington and Pagosa Springs fought back and forth with neither side building a lead of more than a couple of points.

With the score tied at 12, Rowland said Farmington was the victim of a questionable call when it was ruled the ball came off the fingertip of a Lady Scorp and fell out of bounds, giving the Lady Pirates a 13-12 lead. Rowland said the Lady Scorps let the call get in their heads.

Sophomores Alyssa Simmons and JJ Curry led Farmington with 11 kills each while Rowland praised Monica Briones and Lexie Jackson’s defense and passing.

Farmington will play Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe High’s tournament.

Piedra Vista 3, Durango, Colo. 0

The Piedra Vista volleyball team got a tougher test than it was expecting, but the Lady Panthers were still capable of pulling out a win in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-19 over Colorado’s Durango High (1-3) tonight in Durango, Colo.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but (the Lady Demons) were pretty strong,” PV coach Ron Becker said. “(The Lady Panthers) handled it really well. We didn’t pass as well as I would have liked in the first set, but by the second and third sets, we took better control.”

Becker said the Lady Panthers' front row did a good job defending against the height of Durango with Stephanie Schmidt leading the charge with four stuff blocks.

Offensively, Courtney Moore led PV (5-0) with 11 kills, followed by Elli Wright and Bebe Jaquez registering nine and eight kills, respectively.

Kamryn Gordon dished out 32 assists for the Lady Panthers.

PV will play Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe High’s tournament.

Bayfield, Colo., 3, Aztec 0

The Aztec volleyball team couldn’t find a way to overcome Bayfield, Colo., (3-2) or the Lady Wolverines’ raucous crowd, falling 25-14, 25-19 and 25-22 tonight in Bayfield.

Aztec (3-3) will host Shiprock on Thursday.

Aztec coach Anna Strauss could not be reached for comment.

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