It was split week for the Parker Broncs volleyball team. They lost to one 3A West region rival, the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs. However, they defeated another, the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.
The Broncs had a setback in their second match against a region rival Oct. 5 as they lost a match on the road to the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs, 3 games to 2. This was a close, hard-played match. The Broncs won the first game, 25-18, and the fourth game, 25-20. The Minotaurs won the second game, 27-25, and the third game, 25-18. They took the deciding game, 15-8.
The win for the Minotaurs kept them undefeated against their 3A West rivals.
The Broncs came away with a three-game sweep of the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, another 3A West rival, Oct. 7 in Parker. The scores were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-14.
“It is always fun to play Tonopah,” said Broncs’ Assistant Coach Dan Maya. “They are very scrappy. The only place we beat them was serving and hitting. Our hitters were much better than theirs.”
Maya said the Player of the Match was Ernee McCabe. He praised the Broncs’ hitters, including Tallia Robledo, Amaya Carter and Lyndee Hill. He noted one of the young Broncs, Adryana Robeldo, had two kills.
“It was nice to see everyone hit well,” Maya said.
The week left the Broncs at 2-1 against their 3A West opponents, 3-2 against other 3A teams, and 5-4 overall. They’re in third place in the 3A West and are ranked 21st in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Power Points.
The Broncs have a home match this week against the Kingman Academy Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The varsity is scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the second meeting of the season between these two teams. They defeated the Broncs in their season opener.
“They are having a great season and we hope to prove to ourselves we are now better.” Maya said. “We can’t wait.”
On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Broncs will travel to play a 3A West rival, the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks. This was to be their second meeting of the season, but their first game was canceled when the Broncs had their season temporarily suspended when several players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus.
Here are the standings for the 3A West as of Oct. 11. 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 (14th) that Odyssey (20th). That’s because Odyssey has a better record over their 3A West rivals than the Shamrocks.
Odyssey Institute: 4-0, 6-5, 6-7
Yuma Catholic: 2-1, 3-1, 9-2; ranked 14th in state
PARKER: 2-1, 3-2, 5-4; ranked 21st in state
Tonopah Valley: 1-3, 3-5, 3-9
Kingman: 0-4, 0-5, 0-10