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VOLLEYBALL: Cholla & Ironwood Ridge earn AVCA Team Academic awards

Jaclyn Inclán was part of the Ironwood Ridge beach volleyball team last year and is now a member of the University of Arizona Beach team. Both squads earned team academic recognitions. (Andy Morales/

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its 2017-17 list of college and high school teams that qualified for the AVCA Team Academic Award on Monday, July 24.

The Ironwood Ridge girls indoor team has been recognized for 15 years in a row. The Nighthawk sand team was one of only two high school beach teams in the nation to earn recognition. Tempe Corona del Sol also earned indoor and sand recognitions.

Southern Arizona Girls High School Teams
Ironwood Ridge
Ironwood Ridge Sand

University of Arizona Beach


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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