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Lancer Volleyball Invitational
April 13-14: Salpointe
Mountain View went 5-0 to capture the championship of the Salpointe Lancer Boys Volleyball Invitational. The invitational was played in a round-robin format with each of the six teams playing five matches. Rincon/University took second with a 4-1 record.
Tucson went 2-3, Salpointe finished 2-3, Cienega finished 1-4 and Kellis finished 1-4.
Mountain View is ranked No. 2 in the 5A conference, Cienega is No. 3 and Salpointe is No. 6. Games played in invitationals do not count towards power-points, but Mountain View has been at the top or near the top all season with a 13-1 overall record and 7-1 in the 5A Southern Region.
“They have been playing so hard it’s not surprising how well we have done so far,” said assistant coach Ross Patterson. “They are really enjoying themselves.”
Junior hitters Caleb Cook and Elijah Elmer combined for 17 kills in the final match against Salpointe on Saturday while Salpointe senior John Dunn led his team with eight.
Mountain View took the first set 25-17 but the Lancers led 16-14 in the second set, only to see the Mountain Lions go on a 7-0 run to go up 21-16. Dunn collected three of his kills in the final moments but Mountain View was able to hold on for the 25-21 victory.
“Our boys have done a really good job and their hitting was on fire,” explained assistant coach Meagan Brown.
Patterson and Brown are filling for head coach Lindsey Spivey who gave birth to her son on Thursday.
Gabe Riggs, Mountain View
Elijah Elmer, Mountain View
Cristofer Lopez, Tucson
DeAndre Wade, Kellis
John Dunn, Salpointe
Jordan Ahlers, Rincon/University
Louie Rocha, Rincon/University
Carson Mott, Cienega
Friday, April 13
Cienega over Kellis 2-0 (25-21, 25-19)
Rincon/UHS over Tucson 2-0 (26-24, 14-25, 15-12)
Mountain View over Kellis 2-1 (25-15, 24-26, 15-11)
Rincon/UHS over Salpointe 2-0 (25-17, 25-23)
Mountain View over Cienega 2-1 (25-21, 25-27, 15-13)
Tucson over Salpointe 2-0 (25-12, 25-18)
Rincon/UHS over Cienega 2-1 (26-24, 20-25, 15-11)
Kellis over Tucson 2-1 (18-25, 25-14, 15-13)
Saturday, April 14
Mountain View over Rincon/UHS 2-0 (25-18, 26-24)
Salpointe over Kellis, 2-0 (25-21, 25-21)
Salpointe over Cienega 2-1 (25-19, 19-25, 15-13)
Mountain View over Tucson 2-1 (16-25, 25-21, 15-2)
Rincon/UHS over Kellis 2-0 (25-13, 25-20)
Tucson over Cienega 2-0, (25-21, 25-18)
Mountain View over Salpointe 2-0 (25-17, 25-21)
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