It was a close, exciting thriller of a volleyball match between two evenly matched teams as the Parker Broncs took on the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights Oct. 29 at Parker High School. It went the full five games, and it went down to the wire in the deciding game. In the end, the Broncs came up short in a nail-biter, 3 sets to 2. The loss ended the Broncs’ hopes for the 2019 2A West regional title.

With the win, the Crimson Knights clinched the regular season championship of the 2A West.

The Broncs took the first and fourth sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-18. The Crimson Knights took the second, third and fifth sets by scores of 25-16, 25-20, and 15-11.

Coaches Marie and Dan Maya had said they expected to split with Trivium Prep this season. They lost an earlier match with the Crimson Knights, so this was the second time they lost to Trivium Prep this season.

Marie Maya said this was the first time Trivium Prep has beaten the Broncs twice in one season. She said her older players are disappointed by this. She added she hopes her younger players learn from this.

For the Trivium Prep match, Demi Durham was again Parker’ most effective offensive player with 21 kills. Alicia Briones had 7 kills, Tatiana Cuadras had 6, and Tallia Robledo had 2.

The Broncs had some good serves against the Crimson Knights. Zahrah Schultz served up 7 aces, Durham served up 4, Briones and Cuadras each served 3, and Tyra Robledo had 1.

The Broncs also were tough around the net as they tried to keep Trivium Prep’s shots from crossing onto their side. Schultz had 4 blocks while Durham had 2.

This marked the final regular season game for the Broncs’ seniors:  Briones, Cuadras, Schultz and Adianna Alamban.

The Broncs finish the regular season with a record of 5-3 against their 2A West opponents, 6-4 against other 2A teams, and 12-5 overall. Prior to the Oct. 29 match, they were ranked ninth in the state according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points standings. Dan Maya said they are likely to either stay at No. 9 or be moved down as a result of that match.

While the regular season is over, Marie Maya said the season isn’t over yet. The Broncs have qualified for post-season play, and she and Dan Maya said Parker will likely be hosting an Arizona Interscholastic Association “play-in” Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. The opponent had not been determined as of press time.

“It’s not over,” she said. “We will have a play-in game. We need to keep working at the stuff we need to work on.”

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