It was a split week for the Parker Broncs’ volleyball team. They lost a tough match to their main 2A West rival, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, Oct. 17 in Goodyear. They then came back home to Parker and swept the Heritage Academy of Laveen Heroes Oct. 18.
Assistant Coach Dan Maya said the loss to Trivium was painful, but this was the team they expected to split with this season.
Against Trivium Prep, the Broncs found themselves on the receiving end of something they had done to some of their opponents this season. They were up two sets to none and needed one more win to take the match. However, the Crimson Knights came back to win three sets in a row and take the match.
The sets were all incredibly close. The Broncs won the first two sets, each by a score of 25-22. Trivium took the next three sets by scores of 27-25, 25-13, and 16-14. The third and final sets both went into extra points.
“These were two evenly matched teams playing great volleyball,” Maya said.
Offensively, Demi Durham led the Broncs with 27 kills. Tatiana Cuadras had 15 kills and Alicia Briones added 5 kills. Cuadras also proved tough on serving, as she served up five aces. Zahrah Schultz served up four and Briones served three.
Blocks are not all that common in volleyball, but Schultz and Briones each had four. Lyndee Hill added two of her own.
Durham and Cuadras were also effective on defense with Durham making 23 digs and Cuadras making 21. Schultz had 17 digs and Briones had 12.
Schultz, the setter, had 38 assists.
The Broncs made quick work of the Heritage Academy of Laveen Heroes Friday, Oct. 18 in Parker. They won in a sweep, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-12. Following this match, the Heroes were 0-6 in the 2A West and 1-14 overall.
“This was about the only relatively easy match we’ve had all year,” Maya said.
The Broncs are now 4-1 against their 2A West opponents, which puts them in second place against Trivium. They are 5-2 against other 2A teams, and are 11-3 overall. They are ranked sixth in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.
The Broncs’ regular season is winding down. They have two games this week. On Tuesday Oct. 22, they’ll play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix at home. They’ll be on the road Oct. 25 when they face the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes. They’ll close out the season Oct. 29 at home when they again face the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights.
The varsity matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the O.B. Francis Gym.