MOHAVE VALLEY — The Lady Broncs went with a tight defense on the Lady Dust Devils’ big hitter and a solid, understated attack on offense to take the sweep.
Parker defeated River Valley in three games, 25-18, 25-23, 25-15, at RVHS, Tuesday.
“I think we’re set. We’re getting smarter and trying to be as consistent as we can be,” said PHS head coach Marie Maya.
While most teams have one dominant hitter — such as River Valley’s Elizabeth Estes on the outside — Parker has a virtually interchangeable unit, all capable of attacking from any spot on the floor. The result isn’t flashy but it is effective in confusing defenses.
That’s what happened in the first game, Tuesday. Parker setter Mariah Sharpe was distributing the ball across the court, allowing hitters Vanessa Olivares and Nicole Chavez easy opportunities at kills.
And the defense was doubling — and often tripling — Estes on the outside, forcing the Dust Devils to go to the inside for the attack.
In the second game, the Lady Dust Devils found the solution to the Broncs’ defense — have Alicia Larabee starting attacking from the outside. While the Parker defense keyed on Estes, Larabee was often hitting effectively around just one defender. And the result was the closest game of the night.
“Alicia stepping up was nice,” said RVHS head coach Bryan Crabtree. “We played much better in the second game than we did the first and third. And when we play like that, we can play with anyone.”
Parker figured out the change for the third game and the result was a quick victory, thanks in large part to Jalyn Frazier’s work on the service line. Frazier had seven straight service points — all aces — in the third game and finished the match with 14 service points and 12 aces.
“We’re moving in the direction we want, as we head into November,” Maya said.
Chavez finished with nine kills, Olivares had six and Jenna Garner had four in the middle, including the final two in Game 3 to win the match for the Lady Broncs.
For The Lady Dust Devils, Estes finished the match with seven kills, Ashlee Smith had four and Larabee one.
“We just couldn’t get a consistent run tonight,” Crabtree said. “It seems like when one or two things are working, the other doesn’t. Our serve-receive will be on but we can’t serve. Or we’ll serve great and we just can’t attack.
“When we have all three working together though, we’re a very good team,” he continued.
Parker (9-0 in AIA Division IV) is home tonight to face Yuma Catholic (10-3 in Division IV)
River Valley (4-6 in AIA Division III) is on the road for a doubleheader against Chino Valley (2-10 in Division III), Friday. Thursday’s doubleheader against Lake Havasu was moved to Oct. 23.
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