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VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS: Ironwood Ridge, Salpointe & Nogales advance to quarterfinals

Tanque Verde beat Empire 3-1 to advance to the 3A state playoffs. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 9 Ironwood Ridge fought back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 8 Liberty 3-2 Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 5A state playoffs. The Nighthawks will travel to play at No. 1 Chaparral on Thursday night.

No. 14 Cienega and No. 16 Sahuaro fell in straight sets against No. 3 Centennial and No. 1 Chaparral respectively.

No. 3 Salpointe beat No. 14 Prescott 3-0 at home Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 4A playoffs. The Lancers will host No. 6 Seton Catholic on Thursday night.

No. 8 Nogales beat No. 9 Coconino 3-0 and the Apaches will travel to No. 1 Cactus Shadows on Thursday. Cactus Shadows swept No. 16 Palo Verde 3-0 to set up the quarterfinal match against Nogales.

In 3A action, Pusch Ridge and Tanque Verde won play-in matches while Sabino and Empire lost on Tuesday night. The first round for 1A, 2A and 3A is set for Friday, Nov. 3.

5A CONFERENCE

FIRST ROUND: Tuesday, Oct. 31
No. 9 Ironwood Ridge beat No. 8 Liberty, 3-2 (15-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-11)
No. 14 Cienega lost to No. 3 Centennial, 3-0
No. 16 Sahuaro lost to No. 1 Chaparral, 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-13)

QUARTERFINALS: Thursday, No. 2
No. 9 Ironwood Ridge at No. 1 Chaparral, 6 :30 p.m.

4A CONFERENCE

FIRST ROUND: Tuesday, Oct. 31
No. 3 Salpointe beat No. 14 Prescott, 3-0
No. 8 Nogales beat No. 9 Coconino, 3-0
No. 16 Palo Verde lost to No. 1 Cactus Shadows 3-0 (25-18, 25-7, 25-10)

QUARTERFINALS: Thursday, No. 2
No. 6 Seton Catholic at No. 3 Salpointe, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Nogales at No. 1 Cactus, 6:30 p.m.

3A CONFERENCE

PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT: Tuesday, Oct. 31
No. 9 Pusch Ridge beat No. 24 Chino Valley, 3-0
No. 12 Tanque Verde beat No. 21 Empire, 3-1
No. 14 Casteel beat No. 19 Sabino, 3-1

FIRST ROUND: Friday, Nov. 3 at Camelback
Pusch Ridge vs. TBD
Tanque Verde vs. TBD

2A CONFERENCE

FIRST ROUND: Friday, Nov. 3 at Arcadia
No. 12 Benson vs. No. 5 Glendale Prep, 9 a.m.
No. 15 St. Augustine vs. No. 2 Horizon Honors, 1 p.m.

1A CONFERENCE

FIRST ROUND: Friday, Nov. 3 at North
No. 9 Gregory School vs. No. 8 Bowie/San Simon, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Rock Point vs. No. 6 St. David, 11 a.m.

QUARTERFINALS: Friday, Nov. 3 at North
Gregory School/Bowie/San Simon winner vs. Mogollon/Ft. Thomas winner, 7 p.m.

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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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