One by one, the boys volleyball teams from Southern Arizona fell in first-round action on Saturday, including No. 3 Cienega and No. 2 Mountain View. Of the nine teams earning a spot in the playoffs, only two remain:
No. 4 Salpointe beat No. 13 Pueblo 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) to advance to the 5A quarterfinal round on Tuesday where the Lancers will host No. 5 American Leadership Academy and No. 8 Ironwood Ridge beat No. 9 Campo Verde 3-2 to set up a quarterfinal clash at No. 1 Deer Valley.
Tucson High senior standout Cris Lopez picked up 13 kills in his final match to break two Badger record. He finished with a record 517 kills this year and 1,0001 for his career.
Canyon del Oro senior Jack Call set a Dorado record with an unofficial season total of over 670 kills on the year and 760 in his career.
Beach Volleyball continues on Monday with Pairs Competition featuring two pairs from Salpointe. Alanna Duarte and Madison Sundholm will face Alexa Spartz and Grace Cook of O’Connor at 5 p.m. and Peyton Lewis and Abby Russell will be going up against Tylar Garrett and Taylor Pope of O’Connor at 7 p.m.
Lewis and Russell are seeded No. 2 in the playoffs.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
6A BOYS VOLLEYBALL: FIRST ROUND
No. 4 O’Connor 3, No. 13 Tucson 0
No. 1 Chandler 3, No. 16 Rincon/University 0
5A BOYS VOLLEYBALL: FIRST ROUND
No. 15 Kellis 3, No. 2 Mountain View 1
No. 14 Horizon Honors 3, No. 3 Cienega 2
No. 4 Salpointe 3, No. 13 Pueblo 0
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge 3, No. 9 Campo Verde 2
No. 7 Higley 3, No. 10 Sahuaro 1
No. 6 Sunrise Mountain 3, No. 11 Canyon Del Oro 1
MONDAY, MAY 7
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: PAIRS at Mesquite
Alanna Duarte/Madison Sundholm, Salpointe vs. No. 5 Alexa Spartz/Grace Cook, O’Connor, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Peyton Lewis/Abby Russell, Salpointe vs. Tylar Garrett/Taylor Pope, O’Connor, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
5A BOYS VOLLEYBALL: QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Salpointe hosts No. 5 American Leadership Academy, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Ironwood Ridge at No. 1 Deer valley, 6:30 p.m.
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