FARMINGTON — The No. 1 Piedra Vista volleyball team concluded its non-district schedule in winning fashion.

The Lady Panthers defeated Bayfield, Colo. in straight sets 25-12, 25-22, 26-24 at home Saturday.

"I expected it to be a tight one," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "I was kind of surprised to get that first set as easily as we did because they are a great team."

With district play scheduled to begin Oct. 16 at home against Kirtland, Becker said the biggest challenge will be to keep his team from getting complacent after having so much early-season success.

"I'm just going to try and push them hard in practice," he said. "Hopefully that will maintain our level of play. It's the only thing I know to do."

The Lady Panthers are expecting to win the district 1-4A crown, but know that being the top ranked side will give their opposition added motivation in each match.

"District is always awesome because this place fills up," said senior Katie Hegarty. "We have a good set of coaches that keep us humble. We come into practice like we're the worst team in the state and work hard. We come in with the intent to work every day."

The team chemistry coupled with good tournament results has Hegarty believing that this team is capable of getting another district crown.

"We went to some fantastic tournaments in Santa Fe and Rio Rancho and seen some awesome competition," she said. "We're definitely ready to get district under way.


Every girl is willing to do whatever it takes to win a championship. We have such good chemistry this year, and I love these girls to death. This is my favorite group."

Coming into the season, Becker said his team would only be as good as their sophomore setter Vanessa Harris and that her ability to mesh with Hegarty along with seniors Mckenna Culp and Olivia Johnson and junior Samantha Sofka would determine PV's fate.

So far, he couldn't be happier with her progression.

"I'm super, super pleased with her," Becker said of Harris. "I think that she is doing a fantastic job. She has been coming along really well. I'm really excited we get her for two more years after this."

Harris' play has impressed her teammates as well.

"Being a sophomore on the varsity team is hard," Hegarty said. "She takes criticism so well, and she's very mature on the court. Our seniors keep her calm and collected, and she's doing a wonderful job running our offense. This whole season, she has just been a surprise and I love it."

The young setter was quick to give all the credit to her teammates and said she is just trying to improve every day.

"I couldn't do anything without my passers and hitter," Harris said. "They are the stars. They give me motivation to do my best and work on every part of my game. My goal is just to be consistent and give my hitters the best set I can."