The Parker Broncs volleyball team still has a shot at the 2A West region title, even after a 3 sets to 1 loss to the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes Oct. 24. However, it’s a very long shot, and they’ll have to win on a tie-breaker. There’s still a shot at a three-way tie for first.
With the loss, the Broncs are now 5-2 against their 2A West rivals, while the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights are 6-0. The Broncs have one set left this season, against Trivium Prep Oct. 29 in Parker. The Crimson Knights are 6-0 in the 2A West and are currently in first place. They have two matches left against 2A West opponents. They play Parker Oct. 29 and Arizona Lutheran Oct. 31.
The Crimson Knights have clinched at least a tie for the region title. If they lose both of their remaining matches, they’ll be at 6-2. If the Broncs defeat them Oct. 29, the Broncs will finish the season with a record of 6-2 against their 2A West rivals. The Broncs will have a better record against other 2A teams and a better overall record, which means they will be awarded the title.
This means the final match of the season is a “must win” for the Broncs.
Arizona Lutheran is also 5-2 in the 2A West with one match left. However, their record against other 2A teams and their overall record are not as good as the Broncs or Crimson Knights.
In the match Oct. 24, Arizona Lutheran took the first two sets from the Broncs in a match played at Arizona Lutheran. These were close, hard-played matches, and the scores were 27-25 and 25-23. The Broncs came back to take the third set, 25-23. The fourth set was the only one that was lopsided as the Coyotes won, 25-14.
Demi “The Durhamnator” Durham again led Parker’s offense with 19 kills. She was also effective on defense with 15 digs. Tatiana Cuadras and Alicia Briones each had 9 kills. On defense, Briones had 17 digs while Cuadras had 14 digs.
Zahrah Schultz led the Broncs on defense with 19 digs. Tallia Robledo had 15 digs.
Schultz, the setter, had 33 assists.
The Broncs are now ninth in the state according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points standings. They’re 5-2 against their 2A West opponents and are in second place between Trivium Prep (6-0). The Broncs are 6-3 against other 2A teams and 12-4 overall.
The Broncs will play their final match Oct. 29 at home against the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights. The Broncs lost to the Crimson Knights in their previous meeting Oct. 17 at Trivium Prep.
With the Crimson Knights having already clinched at least a tie for the region title, the Broncs must win this match to keep their hopes for a region title alive.
“They’re a very good team,” Maya said of the Crimson Knights. “They bring everything to a match.”
The varsity is scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the O.B. Francis Gym.