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Piedra Vista s Nianna Alcon (7), McKenna Culp (15) and Olivia Johnson (9) jump to block a ball hit by Shiprock s Samantha Natonabah on Thursday.
FARMINGTON — Distractions surrounded the Piedra Vista Lady Panthers on Thursday night, but the No. 1 ranked 4A team in the state kept its focus on winning another match.
Shiprock covered a lot of floor and didn’t back down to PV’s big hitters, but in the end the Lady Panthers swept the Lady Chiefs in three games — 25-16, 25-9 and 25-21.
“Shiprock played really good defense. They didn’t let the ball hit the floor and dug a lot more balls than we expected,” said PV head coach Ron Becker. “The girls played well tonight, but in the third one we dug ourselves a hole without passing and it bit us a bit.”
Piedra Vista actually trailed Shiprock by eight points in the third game but rallied to secure the win.
“I was especially happy to see that. With some of our teams in the past, we have dug a hole and not been able to dig out of it,” Becker said. “Our girls turned right back around and fought back tonight, and that was refreshing to see.”
Shiprock head coach Rae Collins was happy to see the girls fight all night.
“We went back-and-forth with PV a little in the first game before they put us away. In the second game we were plagued by two injuries and it made the girls lose focus,” Collins said. “In the third game, the girls regrouped and our focus came back, which was awesome. PV put Katie Hegarty back in during the third set and our girls dug a few of her balls, and it was amazing to see how the girls made the adjustments I was looking for on those.


Shiprock is now 7-4 and plays Kirtland Central again next Tuesday a week after sweeping the Lady Broncos 3-0.
“I expect Kirtland to make a few tweaks to their lineup and be fired up to come play us,” Collins said.
PV has a tough match ahead Saturday against Bayfield, Colo., which took PV to four games earlier this year.
Both teams are 12-1 overall going into the game.“That is a big match for us. It should be a battle,” Becker said.

Farmington 3, Bloomfield 0
The Lady Scorpions finally found a way to win a match in three sets, much to the delight of head coach Dan Hickman.
Farmington beat Bloomfield 25-22, 25-23 and 25-21 Thursday night to move to 7-6 this season.
“We didn’t walk on Bloomfield to win in three, it was a battle to get there,” Hickman said. “We finally found that three number, and that was great.”
Sarah Long had 12 kills for the Lady Scorps, but the work of the team while serving is what Hickman attributed the win to.
“Marisa Kakos had 12 aces, Lydia Bryom had nine and Francine Birones had eight more,” Hickman said. “Our serving won it for us more than anything.”
Hickman called the win a confidence booster after being swept in three games by Hope Christian last Saturday.
“We just weren’t ready to play that match. The girls were focused on homecoming last weekend,” Hickman said.
The Lady Scorps face Bernalillo on Saturday at home in another contest in which Hickman hopes the team can gain momentum before District 1-4A games begin later next week.
Bloomfield is now 5-9 overall and will begin District 1-3A games Tuesday against Thoreau.

Navajo Prep 3, Tohatchi 0
After a tough loss in five sets to Newcomb, the Navajo Prep Lady Eagles recorded another win against Tohatchi.
The Lady Eagles beat Tohatchi in three games — 25-20, 25-17 and 25-23.
“We needed this win for our confidence,” said Navajo Prep head coach Rainy Crisp.
Lynn Begay led the team with 16 assists, and Desmaria Hanley had six kills.
The Lady Eagles are off until Tuesday when they host Zuni.