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Lady Scorpions earn hard-fought sweep over Bloomfield


FARMINGTON − The ninth-ranked Farmington High School volleyball team improved their record to 3-3 this season, scoring a three-game sweep at home over the Bloomfield High squad Tuesday afternoon.

Meantime, Navajo Prep's volleyball team earned their first win of the season, beating Shiprock on the road three games to one.

Here's a look back at prep sports action around San Juan County on Tuesday.

Volleyball

FARMINGTON 3, Bloomfield 0

Seniors Ali Gillen and Madyson Jordan combined for 14 kills as the Farmington High volleyball team rebounded off a tough loss last weekend in tournament action to beat Bloomfield at Scorpion Arena.

The Lady Scorpions, who lost at home to Monument Valley in the championship match of last weekend's Four Corners Honors Tournament, proved best over a stubborn Bloomfield team which has lost three of their last four matches.

"Bloomfield always plays us tough," said Lady Scorpions coach Lars Baker. "It's a reflection of (head coach) Sunni Corley. They kept the ball in the air and made us earn extra points."

In addition to Gillen and Jordan, Farmington had big performances from sophomores Jayla Yoder and Linsey Yazzie. Yoder had 25 assists in the victory while Yazzie recorded 10 kills and served up four aces in the match. Senior Skye Teasyatwho also had a big match, recording seven digs and three kills.

Yazzie and Gillen are among the leaders in kills this season among Class 5A teams in the state, recording 24 through six matches this season.

Farmington won the first set 28-26 in a battle that went back and forth for nearly 35 minutes. The Lady Scorpions won the second set 25-18 and finished off the Bobcats 25-21 in the third and final set.

The Lady Scorpions (3-3) will be in tournament action beginning Friday at the Santa Fe Tournament of Champions along with teams from Aztec and Piedra Vista.

NAVAJO PREP 3, Shiprock 1

The Navajo Prep volleyball team snapped a five-match losing streak, earning their first win of the season Tuesday on the road, beating Shiprock three games to one.

The Lady Eagles won the opening set 26-24, then dropped the second set 25-19. Navajo Prep closed out the Lady Chieftains, winning the final two sets by margins of 25-22 and 25-16.

Navajo Prep lost both their matches last weekend in the Four Corners Honors Tournament and hadn't won a set in five matches to open the season. The Lady Eagles will be back in action Friday at 6 p.m. when they visit Escalante.

Shiprock (0-2) will face Window Rock on Friday when they open tournament action this weekend.

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 3, Grants 0

The Kirtland Central volleyball team extended their current win streak to three in a row after sweeping Grants three games to none Tuesday night at Bronco Arena.

The Lady Broncos (5-2),who came into the week ranked eighth in the state among Class 4A schools, swept the Lady Pirates with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-14, snapping Grants two-match win streak and dropping their record this season to 3-2.

Kirtland Central's next scheduled match is Thursday, Sept. 15 at home against Montezuma-Cortez.

MONUMENT VALLEY 3, Piedra Vista 2

The Monument Valley (Ariz.) High School volleyball team improved to 4-0 this season after a five-set thriller Tuesday night at home over Piedra Vista.

The Lady Mustangs, coming off a championship last weekend in the Four Corners Honors Tournament, fell behind after losing the first set to Piedra Vista 25-18, then rebounded to win the second and third sets 25-20 and 25-15 respectively. The Lady Panthers won the fourth set 25-19 to send the match into a decisive fifth set which Monument Valley won by a final of 15-3.

Monument Valley, coming off a 27-4 season last year before being eliminated in the second round of the state Class 3A tournament, are off to another fast start to the season.

Piedra Vista (3-3) will be a part of tournament action beginning Friday at Santa Fe.

Boys Soccer

BAYFIELD 3, Kirtland Central 0

The Bayfield High School boys soccer team picked up their second win from three games this season, winning at home over Kirtland Central by a final of 3-0.

The Wolverines went into the halftime break leading 1-0 before adding a pair of goals in the second half, improving their record on the season to 2-1.

The Broncos (0-5-3) are still in search of their first win during the current campaign, and will be home Thursday at 5 p.m. to face Grants.