The Southern Arizona Volleyball Academy (SAVA) 18 Black outlasted Club Cactus 18-Mizuno 25-22, 16-25, 17-15 in the championship match of the 18U Division at the Cactus Classic Invitational on Monday.
The Cactus Classic ran from Saturday, Jan. 19 – Monday, Jan. 20 at the Tucson Convention Center and the Sporting Chance Center. This was the 25th edition of the Classic involving over 130 teams and nearly 2,000 athletes from 12U to 18U divisions including teams from Mexico.
SAVA went 9-0 at the Classic with three straight wins on Monday and Club Cactus went 8-1.
Coach: Michael Owens
Coach: Bill Lang
AZ Sky 12 Gold Synergy finished 8-0
12U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
AZ Sky 12 Gold Synergy (AZ) over Chaos Red, 25-13, 25-10
TX STORM 13 Smack finished 9-0
13U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
TX STORM 13 Smack over FIEL U13 (MX), 25-15, 25-9
ABQ Premier Strike 14N went 8-1
14U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
ABQ Premier Strike 14N over U14 Cougar (MX), 25-19, 25-16
AZ Kings 15 National went 9-0
15U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
AZ Kings 15 National over FIEL U13 (MX), 25-21- 25-23
RUSH TE-16Red (AZ) went 9-0
16U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
RUSH TE-16Red over Club Cactus 16-Mizuno, 27-25, 25-21, 15-7
SAVA 18 Black went 9-0
18U SAGUARO CHAMPIONSHIP
SAVA 18 Black over Club Cactus 18-Mizuno, 25-22, 16-25, 17-15
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