The Parker Broncs girls’ varsity volleyball team came back from a rough start in their match Sept. 11 in Parker against the Kingman Academy Tigers to win the match, 3 games to 2. This was the Broncs’ third straight regular season match that went the full five games. Unlike the first two, the Broncs came out ahead in this one.
The Tigers won the first game, 25-9, and the third game, 25-22. The Broncs took the second game, 25-18; the fourth game, 25-11; and the finale, 15-11.
It looked like it was going to be a blow-out as the Tigers dominated in the first game and won 25-9. The second game was much closer after the game started with the Broncs falling behind, 6-1. The Broncs took things up a notch and caught up with the Tigers. After running neck-and-neck for much of the game, the Broncs pulled ahead at the end. They got out to a 19-15 lead and didn’t look back as they took the game, 25-18.
The third game was a thriller, with the Broncs leading most of the way but never able to pull away from the Tigers. Kingman Academy finally caught up and took a 16-15 lead. After that, they pulled away some, but couldn’t quite shake the Broncs. The final was Kingman Academy 25, Parker 22.
The fourth game saw the Broncs in a dominating mode as they pulled ahead early and stayed ahead for a 25-11 win. Parker Assistant Coach Dan Maya, who was announcing the game, noted that outside hitter Demi Durham scored a lot of points for Parker. He referred to her as the “Durhamnator.” Tatiana Cuadras finished the game by serving an ace for Parker.
The deciding game began with Savana Flores serving up an ace for Parker. The Broncs never fell behind, although Kingman Academy came within one point at 11-10. Parker would go on to win the game, 15-11, and the match, 3 games to 2.
Durham and Cuadras each had 16 kills to lead Parker’s offence. Durham also served four aces. On defense, Alicia Briones had 16 digs and Elisa Martinez had 10.
“It was nice to see the girls come back from that early start,” Maya said after the game. “It was a good win. The girls stepped up when they needed to.”
The Broncs are now 3-3 on the season, not including tournaments. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, they’ll be on the road to play the No. 2 team in the state 2A conference, the Scottsdale Christian Eagles. The Eagles are 2-0 on the regular season, and they have not lost a single game in any of their matches. At the Goldwater Volleyball Festival Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, they won 16 straight games.
The Broncs next home game will be Sept. 27, when they face the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.