The Parker Broncs volleyball team evened things this season with the Kingman Academy Tigers when they defeated the 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.
The win left the Broncs at 2-1 against their 3A West opponents, 3-2 against other 3A teams, and 6-4 overall. They’re in third place in the 3A West and have moved up two notches to 19th in the state for 3A in Arizona Interscholastic Association Power Points.
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.
Dan Maya said this is a “must win” situation for the Broncs if they want 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.
Here are the standings for the 3A West as of Oct. 13. 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, 6-4; ranked 19th in state
Tonopah Valley: 1-3, 3-5, 3-9
Kingman: 0-4, 0-5, 0-10