KIRTLAND — Bloomfield gave Kirtland Central a good contest Tuesday night, but the Lady Broncos were able to hold off the Lady Bobcats.

Kirtland Central (2-1) defeated Bloomfield (0-3) in four games, winning 25-17, 25-9, 20-25 and 27-25 at Bronco Arena in Kirtland.

"We did good and bad. The first two games we played pretty well with our defense, passing and running plays," said Kirtland head coach Brian Joe. "The third game, we lost focus a bit and put ourselves in a hole. We tried to work out of it but didn't pull it off. The emotions were high in that fourth game, and I am glad our girls pulled it off."

Bloomfield did a good job blocking at the net, but Kirtland Central ran good plays to get around it, Joe said.

Keeshawna Ockerman led the Lady Broncos with 16 kills in the game. Joe said outside hitter Georgia Willie and middle hitter Marley Max also had big games.

"Everything depends on our passing. We did really well with it, but once that falls apart we struggle," Joe said.

Bloomfield was led by Tashai Werito, who had 12 assists and three kills. Shania Gallegos had five kills. Lady Bobcats' head coach Tami Bekes said the team had good back row defense from Chelsea Largo and Louisa Maestas.

"We started extremely slow and lethargic in the first two sets. We finally turned it on in the third and fourth. It was very exciting in the last set, but it just didn't go our way," Bekes said. "The girls fought for every point, and it was a good game for us."

Bekes was proud of her team's fight after going down 23-18 in the fourth set before eventually falling 27-25.

"The girls never gave up. They showed they have fight in them to work hard," she said.

Both teams are off until Friday when they begin play in the Piedra Vista Invite.

"We are looking forward to it. We really want to get our team's play elevated," Joe said. "We have a good team this year. If we plan the kind of volleyball I know we can play, we should be pretty good at the tournament."


Aztec 3, Shiprock 0

The Lady Tigers' volleyball season has opened with a perfect 4-0 start while Shiprock has fallen to 0-3.

Aztec defeated Shiprock in three games at home in Lillywhite Gymnasium on Tuesday. Aztec won the games 25-9, 25-12 and 25-14.

"The girls were real consistent. We didn't have any lulls like we did last week," said Aztec head coach Anna Strauss. "The girls are working and staying real focused. They aren't getting too far ahead or forcing things. They are letting the game come to them."

Aubrey Folk led Aztec with 14 kills. Setter Becca Edgerton had 31 assists.

"Taylor (Santistevan) and Madie (Sims) all had a lot of kills, too. Everyone did their job tonight," Strauss said.

Shania Harry led Shiprock with five kills. Shelbie Little had eight digs.

"Aztec is tough, and, for the girls to play how they did tonight, I was impressed," said Shiprock head coach Rae Collins. "We are improving every game. The girls are working on getting their game experience."

Aztec will play in the Hope Christian tournament beginning this Friday, and Shiprock will participate in the Piedra Vista Invite.


Piedra Vista 3, Bayfield 2

Bloomfield’s Ashely Vincoy (13) and Alissa Bitsilly (11) attempt to block a shot over the net during their game against Kirtland Central Tuesday at
Bloomfield's Ashely Vincoy (13) and Alissa Bitsilly (11) attempt to block a shot over the net during their game against Kirtland Central Tuesday at Kirtland Central High School. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

The Lady Panthers picked up a huge road win in a hostile environment on Tuesday.

Piedra Vista (2-0) fell in the first two games of Tuesday's road volleyball match at Bayfield High in Colorado 25-27 and 21-25. But the Lady Panthers rallied to win the next three sets 25-14, 25-21 and 15-11 to take down Bayfield.

"It is an extremely big win. It was a very loud gym," said PV head coach Ron Becker. "I want to thank our fans who made the trip. They pushed us over the edge tonight. They made a ton of noise and kept the girls fired up."

PV struggled a bit with Bayfield's big hitters like 6-foot-5-inch outside hitter Kirstie Hillyer and 6-foot-2-inch senior Tessa Powell.

"We started off slow and didn't serve like we need to, and we were not passing that well," Becker said. We battled back and fought to pull out the win."

PV was led by Samantha Sofka's 18 kills. Vanessa Harris had 41 assists.

Brittney Hutchison chipped in another nine kills for PV, as did Nianna Alcon. Tegan Woosley had eight more kills in the win.

Becker said the win gives his team a lot of confidence before beginning its own tournament on Friday.

"At no point was any team in cruise control. That will help us a lot going into the tournament," Becker said.


Navajo Prep 3, Santa Fe Indian 2

Navajo Prep picked up a big road win in five sets to remain unbeaten this season.

The Lady Eagles (2-0) defeated Santa Fe Indian School 25-12, 16-25, 25-8, 22-25 and 15-9 on Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

Navajo Prep was led by Jasmine Coleman's 17 kills, 10 digs and nine blocks. Keona Leano added another nine assists.

The Lady Eagles will play again this weekend in the Hope Christian Tournament.

John Livingston covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @jlivi2 on Twitter.