The Parker Broncs volleyball team closed out their regular season last week by going 2-1 for the week. They lost a close match to the 3A West Champions, the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs, but they also had a rare win over the perennial powerhouse Yuma Catholic Shamrocks and a sweep of the Tonopah Valley Phoenix.
At the end of the regular season, the Broncs are 5-3 against their 3A West regional rivals, 6-4 against 3A teams, and 10-6 overall. They placed third in the 3A West behind Odyssey and Yuma Catholic, and are ranked No. 21 in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points.
The next stop for the Broncs will be Tuesday, Nov. 2 in Winslow, where they will play a state tournament play-in match against the Winslow Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 12 in the state. They placed third in the 3A East and were 5-5 against their region opponents, 10-6 against 3A teams, 12-6 overall.
The winner of this match will move on to the state tournament.
When the Broncs played Odyssey Institute on Oct. 26 at home, the Minotaurs showed why they were region champions as they outlasted the Broncs in a five-game thriller. The scores were Parker 25, Odyssey 14; Odyssey 25, Parker 21; Parker 25, Odyssey 22; Odyssey 25, Parker 15; and Odyssey 15, Parker 13.
This was the second meeting between the two teams this year, and they both went the full five games.
“We played well,” Broncs’ Assistant Coach Dan Maya said. “It could’ve gone either way. Sometimes, you just get beat.”
Maya said several Broncs stepped up during the match. He had praise for Tallia Robeldo, calling her a “warrior.”
“We’re blessed to have her,” he said.
The Minotaurs also had several players who stepped up, Maya said. He praised outside hitter Brianna O’Donnal, noting she made several key plays. He dubbed her the “Sledge Hammer.”
When the Broncs played the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks on Oct. 15 in Yuma, they lost a close one, 3 games to 2. It was a different outcome Oct. 27 when the two teams faced each other in Parker. Not only did the Broncs get a rare win over the Shamrocks, it was a three-game sweep.
The scores were 25-20, 25-16, and 25-14.
This marked the first time in years the Broncs had defeated the Shamrocks.
“We played our best match of the season,” Maya said. “Everyone played at another level. It was senior night and the girls wanted to win for them. Tallia was amazing, killing the ball from the front and back row. Lyndee Hill had her best game as well. When our outside hitters are both on we are tough. We served really well and our middles played their best game.”
The Broncs’ seniors are Tallia Robledo, Lyndee Hill, Ernee McCabe and Casandra Sandoval.
The Broncs closed out the week and the regular season with a three-game sweep of the Tonopah Valley Phoenix on Oct. 28. The scores were 25-17, 25-15, and 25-17.
In addition, to the Broncs, two other 3A West teams qualified for a state tournament play-in match: Odyssey Institute (ranked No. 14) and Yuma Catholic (No. 19). They will be facing each other in a play-in match Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Odyssey.
Here are the final regular season standings for the 3A West. Teams are listed by their records against region opponents, their records against 3A teams, and their overall records. Explanations for tie-breakers are also offered. Congratulations to the Odyssey Institute Minotaurs on their regular season championship, and for going undefeated against their region rivals.
Odyssey Institute: 8-0, 10-5, 10-7
Yuma Catholic: 5-3, 6-3, 12-4; ranked No. 19 in 2A.
PARKER: 5-3, 6-4, 10-6; ranked No. 21 in 2A.
Tonopah Valley: 2-6, 4-8, 5-12
Kingman: 0-8, 0-10, 0-16