KC spoils Bloomfield's senior night with sweep

Aztec, Farmington pick up wins in three sets to keep rolling in District 1-5A

Karl Schneider

BLOOMFIELD — The Kirtland Central volleyball team scraped out a win in straight sets over Bloomfield tonight, spoiling the Lady Bobcats’ senior night.

Kirtland Central's Bioncee Yazzie, left, and Talia Ockerman react after scoring against Bloomfield on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

The Lady Broncos started slowly in each of the three sets, but fought back to top Bloomfield 25-21, 25-18 and 25-21 at Bobcat Gym.

“We struggled putting the ball away and being smart about it,” KC coach Nadia Watson said. “And that’s mostly from being young. We need to be smart with the ball and know when to hit it, when to tip it and how to use different parts of the court. But it’s the end of the season, and they’re pulling out wins, and that’s all that matters.”

Bloomfield (8-11, 4-5 District 1-5A) led for the first part of the first set, but the Lady Bobcats couldn’t put together a big enough run to create more than a few points between them and KC. The largest lead either side held during the set was four points, when the Lady Broncos (6-10, 6-3) pulled ahead 24-20.

Bloomfield took another quick lead to start the second set. But a quick 5-1 run from the Lady Broncos gave them the lead, which KC never relinquished the rest of the set.

KC needed a late rally in the third set to get the win.

The Lady Bobcats led almost the entire set, building their lead to four points on two occasions — at 12-8 and 17-13 — only to have KC go on 4-0 runs both times to tie the set.

Bloomfield's Elena Florez records a block against Kirtland Central's Dominique McGilbert on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

“I think we hung with them most of the game, just for some reason we couldn’t get over that hump tonight,” Bloomfield coach Sunni Baird said. “We’d get there and play with them, we just couldn’t finish tonight.”

Bloomfield led late in the set, taking a 20-18 advantage. But again the Lady Broncos found an answer, closing the set on a 7-1 run, led by junior Shania John at the service line to secure the sweep.

“When our serves are on, we’re good,” Watson said. “When we can’t get (our serves) over, it really does a disservice to us and knocks our momentum way down, but when we’re on, we can rally six or seven points off of one person.”

Kirtland Central's Shania John digs out a ball against Bloomfield on Tuesday at Bobcat Gym in Bloomfield.

Both the Lady Broncos and Bobcats will close out the regular season on Thursday.

KC will host Gallup (6-12, 0-9) for the Lady Broncos’ senior night.

Bloomfield will play at Farmington (9-10, 6-3) for the Lady Scorps’ senior night.

Aztec 3, Gallup 0

The Aztec volleyball team is one win away from finishing with an unblemished record in District 1-5A after the Lady Tigers swept Gallup 25-14, 25-12 and 25-19 tonight in Gallup.

“We were kind of sluggish. I felt like we were sluggish, but the girls played well,” Aztec coach Anna Strauss said. “I’m proud of them, and they’ve worked really hard to get where they are.”

Strauss said the Lady Tigers (13-6, 9-0) spread its attack around in the win. Savannah McCarthy led Aztec with 9 kills. Taley Ferrari and Reigan Weaver added six kills each.

The Lady Tigers will return to Gallup on Thursday to close out the regular season against Miyamura (7-12, 2-7).

Farmington 3, Miyamura 0

The Farmington volleyball team powered through an unusual night at Scorpion Gym to pick up a win in straight sets, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-10, over Miyamura (7-12, 2-7).

“It was kind of a funky night. Everything seemed like it was in slow motion. The fans, our players, it was just kind of weird,” Farmington coach Alana Rowland said. “But a win is a win. I’m pleased with how we played — especially in the third set. We finally started connecting with our setter and hitting the ball a lot better and harder. Our timing was way off most of the night.”

Farmington setter Monica Briones finished the night with 35 assists. Bergen Campbell led the Lady Scorps (9-10, 6-3) with 13 kills, followed by Alyssa Simmons with 10 kills.

Farmington will close out the regular season on Thursday, hosting Bloomfield (8-11, 4-5) for the Lady Scorps’ senior night.

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