FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista volleyball team split its two road matches over the weekend, defeating Volcano Vista 3-1 on Friday before falling 3-1 to Cleveland today.
Friday was the first time coach Ron Becker's Lady Panthers (12-3, 2-1 District 1-6A) had squared off against the Lady Hawks in 2016, and they nearly swept them, winning 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19.
Neither team was ready to stop playing in the fourth set, which Becker said featured one of the longest rallies he'd ever seen in a high school match.
"At one point, we sent it back-and-forth across the net about 20 times," Becker said. "The girls were exhausted after. They were scrapping really hard to win."
PV's ability to dig out balls and keep fighting in the fourth set earned them the win over Volcano Vista (8-4, 2-1).
The Lady Panthers didn't look like themselves after the quick turnaround, according to Becker, as Cleveland (9-6, 3-0) got the best of them today in four sets, 25-16, 22-25, 24-26, 11-25.
"I was a little disappointed because we already beat Cleveland once this year," Becker said.
PV had trouble putting the ball down in the loss and wasn't very smooth with its passing.
"For our team to be successful, to be able to run our middles, we have to be able to pass well," Becker said. "We were just OK in that area today."
Elli Wright, Bebe Jaquez and Courtney Moore had big days in the kill category for the Lady Panthers. Wright and Jaquez combined for 25 kills in the two matches, while Moore was right behind them with 23.
PV will go on the road next weekend for another Friday-Saturday, back-to-back set of matches against Cibola (8-6, 1-3) first, and then Rio Rancho (5-9, 0-3).
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.