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Volleyball: Cienega and Marana take the court

Marana head coach Jenifer Ball. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Things can stay the same or things can change. When you play a game under the cloud of COVID-19, sometimes things will not rearrange. For the third time in a year, a volleyball match between Cienega and Marana went five sets and that is something we’ve come to expect.

Cienega beat Marana 3-2 Monday night to open of the fall season for both squads and the script played out almost exactly like it did last year when the two teams split epic matches that went the distance.

Though the result might have been similar to last year, a roster would have been handy to know the players on the court. Ashley Robinson, Kristin Piorkowski, Jaymeson Hardin, Taylor Milbourn and Olivia McFarland are no longer with the Bobcats and the Tigers graduated Grace Ehler, Ella Dotson, Kaylee Moseley, Aubrey Oldham and Emelia Stueck. Still, there were standouts ready to take the spotlight:

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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 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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