The Parker Broncs volleyball team got out their brooms and swept the Tonopah Valley Phoenix Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Parker. The scores were 25-12, 25-22, and 25-12.
“It’s always good to get a win at home,” Assistant Coach Dan Maya said.
With two games left in their regular season, the Broncs are one game behind the frontrunner in the 2A West, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights. Trivium still has four games left in their regular season. Maya said it’s possible the game between Trivium and the Broncs set for Oct. 29 in Parker could decide the region championship.
This was the second time the Broncs swept a match from Tonopah Valley this season. The Broncs swept the Phoenix on Oct. 3 in Tonopah.
The only game that was competitive was the second one. The Phoenix got off to an early lead, but then the Broncs came back to tie it at 9-9. From then one, the two teams went neck and neck, with neither team able to pull away from the other. The Broncs started to pull away near the end, but the Phoenix rallied to tie it at 22-22. The Broncs gave a little extra push to get the final three points and win it, 25-22.
In both the first and third games, the Broncs got off to an early lead and they never looked back.
Outside hitter Demi Durham led the Broncs’ offense with 11 kills. Outside hitter Tatiana Cuadras had 7 kills, and middle hitter Alicia Briones had 6 kills. Talia Robledo and Zahrah Schultz each had 2 kills.
The Broncs also made some excellent serves. Schultz served up 5 aces, Cuadras served up 4, and Briones served 1 ace.
At the net, it looked like the Broncs defense had erected a brick wall and they got a lot of points on blocked shots. Briones had 3 blocks, and Durham and Lyndee Hill each had 2. Cuadras, Robledo and Schultz each had 1 block.
The Broncs are now ranked sixth in the state according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points standings. They’re 5-1 against their 2A West opponents and are in second place between Trivium Prep (6-0). The Broncs are 6-0 against other 2A teams and 12-3 overall.
The regular season is winding down for the Broncs, as they have two matches left. They’ll face the Arizona Lutheran Academy Coyotes Oct. 24 on the road, and then 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.
Maya said the Broncs expected to split with the Crimson Knights this season. He added that this match could decide the 2A West Region Championship.
“They’re a very good team,” Maya said of the Crimson Knights. “They bring everything to a match.”
Game time for the varsity Oct. 29 is 6 p.m.