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Salpointe playing for third straight volleyball championship

The Lancers celebrate their 2016 state championship over Greenway. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

No. 3 Salpointe beat No. 7 Marcos de Niza 3-1 Saturday night to advance to the 4A State Championship match scheduled for Monday night against No. 1 Greenway at McClintock High School in Tempe. The Lancers took the first set 25-17 but dropped the second 20-25 before regrouping to take the third 25-20 and the deciding set 25-17.

The Lancers will be going for their third straight state 4A championship under head coach Heather Moore-Martin, something that’s only been accomplished twice from a program from Southern Arizona. Pauline Jordan guided Sahuaro to three straight 5A titles from 1974 to 1976 and Bobby Nelson coached Willcox to three straight 2A championships from 1988 to 1990.

Moore-Martin led Salpointe past Greenway, 3-1, to win the 2016 state championship when the Lancers came in ranked No. 6 and the Demons were ranked No. 3. Head coach Sarah Peterson guided the Demons to the Division III championship the year before in 2015.

Greenway defeated No. 4 Flagstaff 3-0 (26-24, 29-27, 27-25) in the other semifinal played Saturday night.

For more on Salpointe and Greenway please visit the digital Volleyball Playoff Program.

In 1A action, No. 3 St. David fell to No. 1 Mogollon 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 27-25) in the state final on Saturday afternoon at Tempe High School. Tylene Miller was going for her third state championship after winning it all in 2013 and 2016.

FALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOV. 3

4A VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS at McClintock
No. 3 Salpointe over No. 7 Marcos de Niza, 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17).

1A VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS at Tempe
No. 3 St. David over No. 2 North Phoenix Prep, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12)

1A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 3 St. David lost to No. 1 Mogollon, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 27-25)

MONDAY, NOV. 5

4A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP at McClintock
No. 3 Salpointe vs. No. 1 Greenway, 7 p.m.

 

SOUTHERN ARIZONA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

St. David (7)
1972: 1A (Donald Roylance)
1976: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1982: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1983: 1A (Orland Merrill)
1989: 1A (Orland Merrill)
2013: D-V (Tylene Miller)
2016: 1A (Tylene Miller)

Willcox (6)
1975: 2A (Connie Truelove)
1976: 3A (Lois Seibel)
1979: 3A (Bobby Nelson)
1988: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1989: 2A (Bobby Nelson)
1990: 2A (Bobby Nelson)

Sahuaro (5)
1974: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1975: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1976: 5A (Pauline Jordan)
1981: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)
1982: 5A (Cherrie Brinlee)

Rincon/UHS (3)
1973: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1979: 5A (Toni Edwards)
1993: 4A (Juanita Kingston)

Catalina (2)
1972: 5A (Mary Hines)
1983: 5A (Mary Hines)

Salpointe (2)
2016: 4A (Heather Moore-Martin)
2017: 4A (Heather Moore-Martin)

Valley Union (2)
1974: 1A (Joe Burnside)
1985: 1A (Mike Thompson)

Benson
2005: 2A (Kimberly East)

Bisbee
1977: 3A (Mary Riley)

Bowie/San Simon
2007: 1A (Casey Lewis)

Flowing Wells
1991: 4A (Ed Nymeyer)

Nogales
1975: 3A (Shelley Copeland)

Sabino
1989: 4A (Tim Demarchi)

San Manuel
1974: 3A (Diane NaDeau)

Sunnyside
1990: 4A (Rosa Lara)

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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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

 

 

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