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Team of the Decade: Girls Volleyball – the Killers

Former Tucson High standout Mia Sokolowski (2012-15) holds several important records for Southern Arizona: 33 Kills in a 3-set match, 34 Kills in a 4-set match and 1,514 Kills in a career. At last count, 67 athletes recorded 1,000 or more kills in a career and Sokolowski’s final kill count is No. 12 on the all-time list with former Mesa standout Annie Hatch at the top with 2,163 from 2018-18.

Taylor Lane (Amphitheater/2008-2010) finished with 1,219 and Stephanie Mendivil (Cienega/2009-12) had 1,100. Lane was obviously the best Southern Arizona Killer in the last decade.

Tanque Verde standout Ainsley Malis jumped into this group this year with 1,104 career kills and Aunesty Jantz (Ironwood Ridge/2012-15) finished with 1,061.

Carly Trueman (Tucson), Delaney Dunagan (Catalina Foothills), Anita Eichenour (Catalina Foothills) and Laine Waters (Tanque Verde) just missed the list of those with 500 Kills or more, although some stats might be floating out there somewhere.

Former Ironwood Ridge standout Michaela Christiaansen finished with 748 Kills but her career spanned both decades. Sabino’s Maddie Bushman final stats are unknown as are former Catalina standout Madison Irwin.

Jazmin Rogers of Palo Verde finished with 837 Kills but some of those came in the prior decade.

THE KILLERS
Mia Sokolowski, Tucson: 1,514
Ainsley Malis, Tanque Verde: 1,104
Stephanie Mendivil, Cienega: 1,100
Aunesty Jantz, Ironwood Ridge: 1,061
Abi Nash, Sahuaro: 957
Carissa Spalt, Sabino: 904
Kassidy Johnson, Cienega: 885
Ashley Robinson, Cienega: 860
Abby Russell, Salpointe: 839
Grace Ehler, Marana: 815
Summer McDonough, Pusch Ridge: 814
Brielle Sterns, Sahuaro: 808
Madison Sundholm, Salpointe: 777
Carly Lowry, Salpointe: 751
Alanna Duarte, Salpointe: 735
Sydney Martin, Desert Christian: 720
Bryn Popovich, Buena: 704
Summer Avery, Tucson: 703
Hannah Rebb, Sabino: 695
Taylor Reiter, Rincon/UHS: 686
Abby Reuland, Salpointe: 682
Andrea Owens, Salpointe: 680
Jazmin Rogers, Palo Verde: 678
Eve Pearson, Canyon del Oro: 670
Sydney Henderson, Desert Christian: 643
Jennifer Angier, Rincon/UHS: 618
Jaylin Richardson, St. David: 608
Catherine Webb, Rincon/UHS: 607
Ella Dotson, Marana: 603
Maggie Schepelmann, Salpointe: 603
Loraya Rocha, Rincon/UHS: 588
Glen Brumm, Canyon del Oro: 580
Emily Darwin, Benson: 574
Shelby Dirkschneider, Pusch Ridge: 563
Andrea Vigil, Ironwood Ridge: 563
Julia Hull, Desert Christian: 555
Katie Birtcil, Ironwood Ridge: 552
Zelaya Loop, Canyon del Oro: 551
Kayla Conway, Rincon/UHS: 537
Alex Parkhurst, Salpointe: 535
Sofia Fetsis, Pusch Ridge: 532
Sarah Gosciminski, Ironwood Ridge: 527
Michelle Herren, Flowing Wells: 504

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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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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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