On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Parker Broncs volleyball team played their first game since their season was temporarily suspended following their match with Wickenburg Sept. 16. They had had only one practice session in the period, and it showed as they lost to the Veritas Prep Falcons in a three-game sweep in Parker.
The games were competitive, with the scores a lot closer than a sweep would indicate. The scores were 25-23, 25-19, and 25-22. In the games, the Falcons would pull ahead only to see the Broncs catch up. However, the Broncs couldn’t get over the hump and go ahead of the Falcons.
The team had been quarantined and the season temporarily suspended because several players and members of the coaching staff tested positive for the coronavirus. With the team under quarantine, they couldn’t practice until the day before the Veritas Prep match.
“We had only one practice session, and we hadn’t practiced in 10 days,” Coach Marie Maya said, noting this was reflected in how the match went.
“It’s a learning experience,” Maya said of the team coming back from the suspension. “At least it wasn’t a region game.”
Later in the week, on Sept. 30, the Broncs won their first region match of the season as they defeated the Kingman Bulldogs, 3 games to 0, in Kingman. The Bulldogs have yet to win a match this year.
The Broncs had a setback in their second match against a region rival Oct. 5 as they lost a match on the road to the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs, 3 games to 2. This was a close, hard-played match. The Broncs won the first game, 25-18, and the fourth game, 25-20. The Minotaurs won the second game, 27-25, and the third game, 25-18. They took the deciding game, 15-8.
The Broncs are now 1-1 against their 3A West rivals, 2-2 against other 3A teams and 4-4 overall. The Arizona Interscholastic Association has them in third place in the 3A West and they are ranked 20th in 3A in AIA power points.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Broncs will be at home as they play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix. The varsity match is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The following are the standings for the 3A West as of Oct. 6. Teams are listed by their record in the region, their record against 3A teams, and their overall record. Explanations for placements are given after each team’s record:
Odyssey Institute: 4-0, 6-5, 6-6
Yuma Catholic: 1-1, 2-1, 8-2; ranked 14th in state
PARKER: 1-1, 2-2, 4-4; ranked 20th in state
Tonopah Valley: 1-2, 3-4, 3-8
Kingman: 0-3, 0-4, 0-9