The University of Arizona and Ironwood Ridge hosted the first high school “pairs” competition in the nation last year and the two programs got together again on Saturday to cement the CatBox Classic as the premier High School Beach Volleyball tournament of the spring season.
Besides Ironwood Ridge, Salpointe, Xavier, Coconino, Corona del Sol, Desert Edge and Highland all came together to form 32 pairs divided into eight pools. Although the pairs were attached to teams, there was no team competition which meant pairs from the same school went up against each other in bracket play.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com