FARMINGTON —The Piedra Vista volleyball team went on a road trip for the second straight weekend, and was more dominant this time, defeating Cibola on Friday and Rio Rancho tonight.
The Lady Panthers (14-3, 4-1 District 1-6A) were on top of their game in the first two sets against Cibola (8-7, 1-4) before slipping up in the third. In the end, the visitors came away victorious in four sets, 25-20, 25-11, 23-25, 25-8.
Bebe Jaquez could not be stopped with 16 kills in the match. Her Lady Panthers were actually up in the third set, but let the momentum transfer over to the Lady Cougars by committing a few errors.
PV coach Ron Becker said his team's response in the fourth set was great to see.
"The thing I think I was most proud of is we let that slip away and then quickly played like we were capable of to win 25-8," Becker said. "That was a huge turnaround."
PV's Courtney Moore and Elli Wright combined for 16 kills in the match. Kamryn Gordon had 32 assists, while Rebekah Eaves managed 25 digs.
In tonight's match with Rio Rancho (5-11, 0-4), which currently sits in the cellar of 1-6A, it was smooth sailing for the Lady Panthers, who won 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.
Prior to the match, Wright had to leave the team for a wedding, so eighth-grader and Courtney's little sister Kacee Moore filled in and did an admirable job with five kills.
PV was outstanding at serving the ball versus the Lady Rams, missing only five serves in the entire match.
Becker said his team's ball control was on point.
"The key was just controlling the ball and doing what we wanted to do with it," he said. "We started a little bit slow with our ball control but made the necessary changes, which I was proud to see them do that."
Jaquez and Courtney Moore had nine kills apiece against Rio Rancho, while Stephanie Schmidt and Meagan Ellis added 11 kills between them.
PV plays at home for the first time in the month of October on Saturday against Cleveland (11-6, 5-0), which is 1-1 so far this year versus the Lady Panthers.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.