No. 8 Ironwood Ridge beat No. 9 Deer Valley 4-1 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Division I state beach volleyball tournament. The victory was the first postseason win for the Nighthawk program.
Jacqueline Gomez and Morgan Smith put the Nighthawks up 1-0 from the fourth spot thanks to a 21-15, 21-9 win over Bree Rudolph and Ashlynn Compo. Alyssa Feltman and Sophia Gomez followed that up with a 21-12, 21-18 victory over Lanae Gonzales and Tatum Stelter to give Ironwood Ridge a commanding 2-0 lead…..
In other beach volleyball action from Southern Arizona, No. 2 Salpointe swept No. 15 Valley Vista 5-0 and the Lancers will host No. 7 Corona del Sol in the quarterfinal round tomorrow.
From team tennis, the girls of Rincon/University, Catalina Foothills, Salpointe, Nogales, Pusch Ridge, The Gregory School and Sahuarita all advance to the quarterfinal round, to be played on Tuesday, May 1.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
GIRLS D-I TEAM TENNIS
No. 4 Rincon/UHS over No. 13 Desert Ridge 6-0
GIRLS D-II TEAM TENNIS
No. 2 Catalina Foothills over No. 15 Paradise Valley, 6-0
No. 5 Salpointe over No. 12 Ironwood Ridge, 5-0
No. 6 Nogales over No. 11 Seton Catholic, 5-1
GIRLS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge over No. 12 AZ College Prep, 5-0
No. 10 Gregory School over No. 7 Benson, 5-2
No. 11 Sahuarita over No. 11 Casteel, 5-1
No. 15 Tombstone lost to No. 2 Phoenix Country Day, 5-0
BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIRST ROUND
No. 2 Salpointe over No. 15 Valley Vista, 5-0
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge over No. 9 Deer Valley, 4-1
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
BEACH VOLLEYBALL QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Salpointe hosts No. 7 Corona del Sol, 3 p.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge at No. 1 O’Connor, 4:30 p.m.
BOYS D-I TEAM TENNIS
No. 10 Buena at No. 7 Perry, 3 p.m.
BOYS D-II TEAM TENNIS
No. 1 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 16 Williams, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Salpointe hosts No. 14 Shadow Mountain, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Nogales hosts No. 13 Seton Catholic, 3 p.m.
No.12 Ironwood Ridge at No. 5 Bradshaw Mountain, 3 p.m.
BOYS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No.3 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 14 Miami, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Gregory School hosts No. 13 Morenci, 3 p.m.
No. 15 Benson at No. 2 Thatcher, 3 p.m.
BASEBALL: 4A – 6A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 19 Tucson at No. 14 Perry, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Cienega hosts No. 19 Independence, 4 p.m.
No. 16 Ironwood Ridge hosts No. 17 Vista Grande, 4 p.m.
No. 22 Sahuaro at No. 11 Poston Butte, 4 p.m.
No. 24 Mountain View at No. 9 Kellis, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Douglas hosts No. 18, Marcos de Niza, 4 p.m.
No. 22 Walden Grove at No. 11 Williams, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL: 3A – 6A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 10 Tucson hosts No. 23 Xavier Prep, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Rincon/UHS hosts No. 19 Sunnyside, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Sahuaro hosts No. 18 Lake Havasu, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Mountain View hosts No. 21 Apollo, 4 p.m.
No. 19 Desert View at No. 14 Queen Creek, 4 p.m.
No. 20 Marana at No. 13 Willow Canyon, 4 p.m.
No. 12 Amphitheater hosts No. 21 Pueblo, 4 p.m.
No. 13 Rio Rico hosts No. 20 Buckeye, 4 p.m.
No. 19 Douglas at No. 14 Flagstaff, 4 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita hosts No. 22, Pusch Ridge, 4 p.m.
No. 13 Sabino hosts No. 20 Blue Ridge, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
BASEBALL; 3A PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT
No. 12 Empire hosts No. 21 American Leadership, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Pusch Ridge hosts No. 19 Snowflake, 4 p.m.
TENNIS: SINGLES/DOUBLES QUARTERFINALS
D-I: Ethan Lee, Rincon/UHS vs. No. 3 Luke Urlaub, Desert Vista, 3:30 p.m.
D-II: No. 4 Jack Mandala, Salpointe vs. No. 5 5 Brendan Perry, Catalina Foothills, 5 p.m.
D-II: Anton Nazaroff, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 2 Oliver Boleratzky, Deer Valley, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 1 George Jiang / Mason Lee, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 8 Trevor Swartz / Alex Vergara, Greenway, 5 p.m.
D-II: Carlos Beranbe / Ben Behrens, Ironwood Ridge vs. No.2 Jackson Hartenbach / Eric Cho, Salpointe, 5 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Preston Grammond, Pusch Ridge vs. Will Ray, Valley Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 4 Jordan Merrill, Benson vs. No. 5 Federico Niccacci, St. David, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Wilder Cooke / Alex Sparks, Gregory School vs. No. 8 Tyler Bierman / Michael Greer, Thatcher, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 2 Christian Fetsis / Diego Rodriguez, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 7 Bobby Wendt / Alex Tam, Phoenix Country Day, 6:30 p.m.
D-I: No. 4 Lindsey Pesqueira / Sophie Lopez, Rincon/UHS vs No. 5 Elizabeth Vijan / Ava Keste, Pinnacle, 3:30 p.m.
D-II: No. 1 Selma Fereres, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 8 Danielle Quenzler, Cactus Shadows, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 2 Samantha Loving, Salpointe vs. No. 7 Aari Sivakumar, Saguaro, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 5 Emily Lopez, Amphitheater vs. No. 4 Faith Daab, Coconino, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 2 Chloe Gavino / Abby Watson, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 7 Melina Oropeza / Ana Lucia Bustamante, Nogales, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 4 Halle Zadro / Annabelle Mulick, Catalina Foothills vs. No. 6 Grace Hogan / Natalie Hoffman, Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
D-II: No. 8 Natalie Valcke / Keeva Krueger, Salpointe vs. No. 1 Jillian Rasmussen / Katie Reed, Arcadia, 5 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Sofia Fetsis, Pusch Ridge vs. Kelsey Smith, Page, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: Sammi Gutierrez, Sahuarita vs. Adrianna Zamora, Sabino, 6:30 p.m.
D-III: No. 1 Kay Lee Merrill / Piper Thoutt, Benson vs. Alyssa Shapiro / Katie Wick, Scottsdale Prep, 6:25 p.m.
D-III: Emma Reilly / Colleen Harris, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 4: Keiryn Lines / Ella Peterson Safford, 6:25 p.m.
D-III: Kate Maxfield / Hailey Brack, Pusch Ridge vs. No. 7 Maya Abou-Haidar / Katie Bartolino, Phoenix Country Day, 6:25 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
BASEBALL: 4A – 6A FIRST ROUND
SOFTBALL: 1A-6A FIRST ROUND
TUESDAY, MAY 1
GIRLS D-I TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Rincon/UHS hosts No. 5 Mesa Mountain View, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-II TENNIS QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Catalina Foothills hosts No. 10 Greenway, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Salpointe at No. 4 Cactus Shadows, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Nogales at No. 3 Thunderbird, 3 p.m.
GIRLS D-III TEAM TENNIS
No. 5 Pusch Ridge at No. 4 Scottsdale Prep, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Gregory School at No. 2 Phoenix Country Day, 3 p.m.
No. 11 Sahuarita at No. 3 Gilbert Classical, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
TRACK & FIELD; DAY 1
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