The Parker Broncs volleyball team is off to a rousing start to their 2019 season. They've pulled off two come from behind wins, one of them against Yuma Catholic Sept. 10. They swept the Paradise Honors Panthers Sept. 5. They also placed ninth of 24 teams at the Southwest Desert Challenge held Sept. 6 and 7 at Youngker High School.
They’re at 3-0 as they come into the season home opener Sept 12 against Odyssey Institute.
On Sept. 10 in Yuma, the Broncs rebounded from being down 2 games to none to defeat the perennially-tough Yuma Catholic Shamrocks, 3 games to 2. The Shamrocks won the first two games, 25-23 and 25-21. The Broncs came back to take control of the third game, 25-11. They won the fourth game, 25-21, and then took the deciding game in a nail-biter, 15-13.
The Broncs’ offense was dominated by outside hitters Demi Durham and Tatiana Cuadras. Durham had 28 kills while Cuadras had 18. The two of them also served up five aces each. Zahrah Schultz also served five aces, while Haley Kidd served four.
Durham also led the Broncs on defense with 21 digs. Casandra Sandoval had 20 digs, Cuadras had 18 and Schultz had 17.
Schultz, the setter, had 38 assists.
The Southwest Desert Challenge Sept. 6 and 7 saw the Broncs as one of 24 teams at the tournament at Youngker High School. The Broncs, who are in the 2A Conference, faced teams from schools that were in the 3A, 4A and 5A conferences. Despite their small size, the Broncs placed ninth overall.
Among the teams they defeated was one of their 2A West rivals, the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes.
One of their tougher losses was to another 2A West rival, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights. The Broncs took the first game, 25-10. The Crimson Knights came back to win the next two games, 25-23 and 15-13.
“It was a real war,” Assistant Coach Dan Maya said of the match. “At least we proved we can play with them.”
Dan Maya said the Broncs’ two outside hitters, Demi Durham and Tatiana Cuadras, really stood out at the Youngker tournament. Durham was named to the all-tournament team.
“We’ve got outside hitters who are as good as anyone’s,” Dan Maya said.
Both Mayas said they are optimistic about the season.
“The girls have a lot of talent, but we have to get it together,” Marie said. “We have a lot of work to do, but I feel good.”