The Broncs got out their brooms and swept away some Shamrocks Sept. 26 in Parker. They defeated the perennially powerful Yuma Catholic Shamrocks for the second time this season. Unlike the first time, the Broncs took command of this one early and swept the match in three sets. The scores were 25-16, 25-18 and 25-19.
This was the first time the Shamrocks, who play in the 3A Metro West region, have been swept this season.
The Shamrocks got out to an early lead in the first set. At one point, they were ahead by six points, 12-6. However, the Broncs shifted into a higher gear and began to close the gap. They tied it at 13-13 and took a 14-13 lead on kills from Demi Durham. After that, they didn’t look back and built up the lead until they took the win, 25-16.
In the second set, the Shamrocks again got an early lead, but the Broncs came back. After the Broncs took the lead at 6-5, they led the rest of the way, although they couldn’t quite shake off the Shamrocks. Yuma Catholic came within one point twice, at 13-12 and again at 17-16, before the Broncs put on a spurt at the end to win it, 25-18.
The Broncs got off to an early lead in the third set, and they twice held leads of five points, 8-3 and 9-4. However, the Shamrocks didn’t give. They couldn’t catch up, but they came within one point, 16-15, before the Broncs went into a higher gear to pull away and win it, 25-19.
Demi Durham led Parker’s offense with 17 kills, including 12 in the first set. Tatiana Cuadras had 12 kills, Zahrah Schultz had seven, and Alicia Briones and Tallia Robledo each had five.
Cuadras served up four aces, while Durham, Robledo and Schultz each served up two.
On defense, Schultz had 25 digs while Briones and Robledo each had 13. Durham had 12 and Cuadras had 11.
Schultz, the setter, had 30 assists. Haley Kidd had four assists.
“The girls are meshing together,” Head Coach Marie Maya said after the match. “They really coming together as a team. It’s exciting to watch.”
“It’s our energy,” Durham said after the match, explaining the Broncs’ success. “When we have energy, we win.”
The previous evening, Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Broncs swept the Kingman Academy Tigers in Parker. The scores were 25-15, 25-13 and 25-22.
The offense was led by Durham with 14 kills and Cuadras with 13 kills. Durham also served four aces and had 12 digs. Cuadras served a pair of aces and had eight digs. Alicia Briones had six kills and Tallia Robledo had four kills. Robledo had 11 digs on defense. Zahrah Schultz served two aces, made eight digs and had 31 assists.
The Broncs are now 7-2 overall, and 1-1 against other 2A teams. They’re in third place in the 2A West, mostly because they haven’t faced any of their region rivals yet. That will change in their next game, which will be Oct. 3 on the road. They’ll face their first 2A West rival this season, the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.
The Broncs will be at the Chandler Prep Volleyball Invitational Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. Their next home date will be Oct. 8, when they face another 2A West rival, the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes. The varsity is set for 6 p.m.