PV edges Los Lunas 3-1 to win Santa Fe Invite
Aztec loses in straight sets to West Las Vegas
FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista's volleyball team scored two measures of revenge against Los Lunas during this weekend's Santa Fe Invitational.
The Lady Tigers eliminated PV (7-0) from last year's 5A state tournament and also beat them in the 2015 Santa Fe Invitational. But today was a different story, as the Lady Panthers rolled past Los Lunas 3-1 to win the tournament trophy.
"We showed more mental toughness than in last year's final, when we got swept," Lady Panthers coach Rob Becker said. "And we could have easily shut down again after dropping the first set, but I'm proud of the girls. They showed a lot of heart."
After losing the first set 25-19, PV won 25-15, 25-15, 25-23 and rallied back from a 23-19 deficit in the last set.
Much like Bebe Jaquez did during last weekend's PV Invite, Sam DeWees went on a hot streak while serving the ball to help PV get out of a fourth-set rut.
"Sam didn't miss a single serve (during the comeback), and that's even with Los Lunas' coach calling two timeouts to try and adjust," Becker said. "The thing I was proud of was that she didn't serve wimpy, she came back and served tough, even after the timeouts."
Elli Wright had a huge final with 16 kills. Courtney Moore blocked six shots.
PV got to the final by downing Farmington (3-6) in straight sets in the semifinal by set scores of 25-15, 25-21, 25-11.
Lady Scorpions coach Alana Rowland said she thinks PV fell asleep in the second set.
"I think PV put themselves on cruise control, but luckily, our girls took advantage," Rowland said. "That was the best we played today. We kind of just tanked it in the third set."
In the third-place game, Farmington was dropped by Pojoaque Valley in four sets — 22-25, 25-23, 17-25, 16-25. Farmington finished fourth in the gold bracket.
Moore and Jaquez made the all-tournament team for PV, while Jadyn Curry made it for FHS.
West Las Vegas 3, Aztec 0
The Lady Tigers didn't bring their A game in today's loss to West Las Vegas and fell 3-1 at Lillywhite Gym in Aztec.
"We struggled blocking today, and our timing was a little off," Lady Tigers coach Anna Strauss said. "It was just funky."
Aztec (4-4) lost by scores of 25-16, 25-15, 26-24. The Lady Tigers finally got into a groove in the last game, but had trouble overcoming the Lady Dons' (2-5) power.
"They had a couple of big hitters who got the job done for them," Strauss said. "We just couldn't get it taken care of."
Vanessa Chavez led Aztec in kills with five, while Myra McCaskill helped out with 18 assists in the loss.
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