The Parker Broncs volleyball team evened things this season when they defeated the Kingman Academy Tigers, 3 games to 2, Oct. 12 in Parker. The last time the Broncs played the Tigers, it was the Broncs’ season opener on Aug. 31 in Kingman. The Tigers took that match, 3 games to 0.
The Broncs took the second game, 25-12; the third game, 25-16; and came from behind to take the deciding fifth game, 15-13. The Tigers won the first game, 25-16; and the fourth game, 25-20.
The final game was close all the way. Then, the Tigers took a 13-12 lead. Just two more points, and the match could be theirs. The Broncs, however, had other ideas. They quickly rattled off three straight points to win the game and the match.
Parker Assistant Coach Dan Maya said the entire team played well. He praised the Broncs’ hitters, Tallia Robledo, Amaya Carter and Lyndee Hill.
“It’s fun to win one like that,” he said.
Maya noted the Tigers are having a great season, with a 9-3 overall record and being ranked 12th in the 2A conference following the loss to Parker. He said the Broncs wanted to show the Tigers they were a much better team now.
“I’m hoping we’ve turned the corner,” he said.
Head Coach Marie Maya said the Broncs wanted to do well against the Tigers on their home court.
“We wanted to make a statement in our house, and we did,” she said.
Head Coach Maya praised Kaitlyn Humeumptewa for her serves and defense, and she praised Ernee McCabe for her hits in the clutch.
The Broncs had another five-game thriller Thursday, Oct. 13 in Yuma against a 3A West rival, the always tough Yuma Catholic Shamrocks. Parker went up 2-0 on the Shamrocks, winning the first two games by scores of 26-24 and 25-22. Yuma Catholic took the next two games by scores of 25-16 and 25-16 to tie things up. They final match went right down to the wire and went into extra points, with the Shamrocks coming out on top, 17-15.
Dan Maya said defeating Yuma Catholic is a must for the Broncs if they hope to compete for the 3A West title.
The home match that had to be canceled with the Broncs’ season was interrupted has been re-scheduled for Oct. 27.
Over the weekend, the Broncs placed second in a tournament in Florence, Ariz.
“What a busy three days!” Marie Maya said on the team’s Facebook page. “These girls just went with the flow; no negativity, bench cheered, all around players just played with no complaints. This is one of the hardest working groups I have had in a very long time. Didn't come home with the Championship trophy BUT we came home with so much more wealth for a lifetime! They represented PHS very well so much so we had other teams cheering your Lady Broncs on to win as the tournament continued.”
The week left the Broncs with a 2-2 record against their 3A West opponents, and 3-3 record against other 3A teams, and a 6-5 record overall. They have two matches this week. They travel to Wellton, Ariz. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to play the Antelope Rams. The Kingman Bulldogs come to Parker on Thursday, Oct. 21. This will be the Broncs’ volleyball game for Homecoming week.
Here are the standings for the 3A West as of Oct. 17. The teams are listed by their record in the region, their record against 3A teams, and their overall record. In some cases, the AIA offered explanations for where the teams are placed. The Odyssey Institute Minotaurs are in first place over the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks even though Yuma Catholic is ranked higher (12th) than Odyssey (19th). That’s because Odyssey has a better record over their 3A West rivals than the Shamrocks.
Odyssey Institute: 5-0, 7-5, 7-7
Yuma Catholic: 3-1, 4-1, 10-2
PARKER: 2-2, 3-3, 6-5
Tonopah Valley: 1-4, 3-6, 3-10
Kingman: 0-4, 0-6, 0-12