FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista volleyball team is in control of District 1-6A after sweeping Rio Rancho 25-18, 25-10 and 25-21 tonight at the Jerry A. Conner Fieldhouse.
PV’s win, along with Cleveland’s loss in five sets to Volcano Vista, places the Lady Panthers atop the district standings with one match left on the schedule, a home tilt with Volcano Vista.
PV (16-3, 6-1 District 1-6A) started well against the Lady Rams (5-14, 0-8), but began to relax in the third set.
“I was proud of them for (winning in three), but we kind of let up in the third game,” PV coach Ron Becker said. “I don’t really know exactly why, but it was senior night, and that’s always a little distracting. But I’m really proud of them. They took care of business.”
BeBe Jaquez led the Lady Panthers with 12 kills, followed by Courtney Moore with nine kills.
Kamryn Gordon finished the night with 27 assists.
PV will host Volcano Vista (11-5, 5-2) in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon.
If PV loses to VV, the Lady Panthers will fall into a three-way tie for first place with VV and Cleveland. The three would then go to a coin toss. All three teams would flip a coin, the odd team out would be eliminated and the two teams remaining would play a one-game playoff for the automatic bid to the state tournament and the right to host the district championship.
Becker said he wants the Lady Panthers to treat the match like any other, and not to think too much about the implications of a potential loss.
“I really want them to focus on our side of the net and play our game,” he said. “I want them to play with the same passion and intensity they played with when we played Cleveland (last Saturday), and I know we’ll be fine. We have to stay steady and consistent. It’s still a normal match.”
The match against Volcano Vista is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.