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Cienega outlasts Marana to win Lion’s Den Volleyball Invitational

Two of the best players in the state went up against each other with Marana’s Grace Ehler (12) going up for a block on Cienega’s Ashley Robinson. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Cienega senior outside Ashley Robinson recorded several key kills to help the Bobcats defeat Marana 2-1 (25-14, 18-25, 15-6) in the championship match of the Mountain View Lion’s Den Invitational held Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats went 5-0 at the tournament and Marana finished 4-1…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Canyon del Oro over Sahuarita, 2-0 (25-14, 25-15)
Cienega over Sahuaro, 2-0 (25-22, 25-10)
Marana over Buena, 2-0 (25-10, 25-13)
Rincon/UHS over Amphitheater, 2-0 (25-13, 25-10)
Mountain View over Canyon del Oro, 2-1 (13-25, 29-28, 15-12)
Cienega over Kofa, 2-0 (25-11, 25-17)
Marana over Amphitheater, 2-0 (25-6, 25-17)
Flagstaff over Sahuaro, 2-0 (25-15, 25-14)
Rincon/UHS over Buena, 2-0 (25-23, 25-14)
Cienega over Flagstaff, 2-1 (25-16, 18-25, 15-7)
Marana over Rincon/UHS, 2-0 (25-15, 25-23)
Buena over Amphitheater, 2-0 (25-19, 25-19).
Sahuaro over Kofa, 2-0 (25-15, 27-25)
Mountain View over Sahuarita, 2-0 (25-11, 25-20)

SATURDAY, OCT. 19
Canyon del Oro over Flagstaff, 2-0 (25-20, 25-18)
Kofa over Sahuarita, 2-1 (17-25, 25-21, 15-7)
Rincon/UHS over Mountain View, 2-0 (25-12, 27-25)
Buena over Kofa, 2-0 (25-9, 25-19)
Cienega over Rincon/UHS, 2-0
Marana over Canyon del Oro, 2-0 (25-15, 25-20)
Amphitheater over Sahuaro, 2-0 (25-14, 25-21)
Rincon/UHS over Canyon del Oro, 2-1 (25-18, 24-26, 15-10)
Sahuaro over Kofa, 2-1 (26-28, 25-12, 15-8)
Flagstaff over Mountain View, 2-0 (25-18, 25-22)
Sahuaro over Sahuarita, 2-0 (25-15, 25-21)

SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP
Buena over Amphitheater, 2-0 (25-15, 25-15)

GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Cienega over Marana, 2-1 (25-14, 18-25, 15-6)

Florence Gopher Get Down Invitational

Flowing Wells is ranked No. 27 and the Caballeros still have three matches left to get into the top 24 to qualify for the play-in tournament set aside for teams ranked 9-24. That tournament is slated for Oct. 31.

The Caballeros went 3-5 at the Florence Gopher Get Down Invitational and St. David went 6-5 to take third place.

St. David (13-0, 6-0) is ranked No. 2 in the 1A Conference.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18
Flowing Wells over ALA-Ironwood 2-1 (25-10, 21-25, 15-10)
Payson over St. David, 2-1 (25-13, 25-19, 10-15)
St. David over Flowing Wells, 2-0 (25-23, 25-13)
St. David over ALA-Ironwood, 2-0 (25-16, 25-18)
Flowing Wells over Payson, 2-1 (14-25, 25-19, 25-9)
St. David over Show Low, 2-0 (25-23, 25-22)
Flowing Wells over Safford, 2-1 (25-19, 20-25, 15-10)
Poston Butte over Flowing Wells, 2-0 (25-19, 25-19)
Mogollon over St. David, 2-0 (27-25, 25-21)
Florence over St. David, 2-0 (25-13, 28-26)
Holbrook over Flowing Wells, 2-0 (25-17, 25-21)

SATURDAY, OCT. 18
St. David over Poston Butte, 2-0 (25-21, 25-22)
Mogollon over Flowing Wells, 2-0 (25-14, 26-24)
Poston Butte over Flowing Wells, 2-0 (25-21, 25-20)
Florence over St. David, 2-0 (25-18, 25-14)
St. David over Holbrook, 2-1 (25-23, 22-25, 15-8)
St. David over Poston Butte, 2-0 (25-13, 26-24)
Florence over St. David, 2-1 (27-25, 23-25, 15-10)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner 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. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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