Salpointe went 8-3 at the La Jolla Coastal Classic this past weekend to claim second place in the silver bracket and the Lancers came home wondering where they would be ranked on the first set of AIA rankings released Tuesday morning. Salpointe (22-5 overall, 9-0 in ranking matches and 2-0 in the 4A Kino Region) came out ranked No. 2, right in front of region rival Canyon del Oro (9-1, 2-1).
The two teams met Tuesday night with Salpointe coming away with a 3-0 sweep over the third-ranked Dorados to remain perfect as far as wins and losses go but the team knows improvement comes with growth.
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