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VOLLEYBALL: Ironwood Ridge over Rincon, 3-2, to help shake up the Tucson Top Ten

Rincon standout Kayla Conway (11) and Ironwood Ridge setter Taylor Hatch (12) battle at the net. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

TUCSON TOP TEN
1: Salpointe (4A)
2: Ironwood Ridge (5A)
3: Rincon/UHS (6A)
4: Sahuaro (5A)
5: Sabino (3A)
6: Nogales (4A)
7: Canyon del Oro (4A)
8: Cienega (5A)
9: Pusch Ridge (3A)
10: Tanque Verde (3A)

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The initial AIA/MaxPreps power rankings will be released next Thursday (Sept. 21) and several teams from Southern Arizona are expected to be seeded near the top of their respective conference rankings. Two of those teams, Ironwood Ridge and Rincon/University, met on Tuesday night and the Nighthawks came away with a dramatic 25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 21-25,15-12 win.

Ironwood Ridge came in with a 3-2 record, with one of those losses coming via a 3-0 sweep to Salpointe, and Rincon/UHS was sitting on a perfect 9-0 record. The Rangers survived a 3-2 match at Cienega last Tuesday to remain undefeated but the Nighthawks came in with emotion and a new weapon to help turn the tide…

GAME STORY AT AZPreps365.com

Ironwood Ridge associate head coach Kathy Franklin filled in for Bill Lang. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


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