FARMINGTON — It took nearly seven weeks from the end of the volleyball season for the 6A All-State teams to be released, but the wait was well worth it for Piedra Vista’s Bebe Jaquez and Courtney Moore.
When the All-State teams were finally revealed Friday, Jaquez, a senior outside hitter, landed on the first team, and Moore, a sophomore middle hitter and blocker, earned second-team recognition.
Jaquez earned her spot on the first team for her high hitting percentage and being one of the top servers in the state, which she showed off during the PV Invitational when she served for 20 straight points.
As the Lady Panthers’ team captain, Jaquez helped lead PV to a 19-5 record and a quarterfinals appearance in the 6A state tournament. PV coach Ron Becker said part of what set the senior apart was her ability to come through with a key play when the team needed it most.
As great as Jaquez was for the Lady Panthers in 2016, Becker said her growth away from the court has been even more impressive.
“She’s developed as a player, and her stats and her game pretty much speech for themselves, and I’m really impressed with the player that she’s become, but one of the things I’m most impressed with is the young lady she’s become,” Becker said. “She’s always polite, courteous, respectful, works hard and has a great attitude. She’s just a good person. I always want to see the girls become great volleyball players, but to see them be really good people and members of the community is even better.”
Jaquez also benefited from playing with Moore.
At 6-foot-3, Moore was able to dominate a lot of the play at the net, drawing attention from opposing teams’ front row to open up chances for PV’s outside hitters.
“She’s very consistent. Her hitting percentage was in the 60s and 70s percent most of the season, and her blocking is incredible. She’s constantly a threat for other hitters at the net on the other side,” Becker said of Moore. “And she really relieved our outside hitters a lot because she holds the blockers with her and allows for one-on-one situations for our outside hitters.”
With Jaquez set to graduate in the spring, Becker said the leadership role she held for the Lady Panthers will likely fall to Moore.
“I’m really needing and expecting Courtney to step up and be a leader on the team. I think she will on the court, but she’ll have to step up to the mental part of being a leader. That’s what I’d really like to see her do,” Becker said. “I know she can do it. She’s a great girl, and I’m really excited we get her for two more years. I really want her to take over that leadership role that Bebe had for us this year.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.