TUSD serves up volleyball competition this week; Empire holds off Sabino

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) served up volleyball competition Monday night with Sabino hosting Empire in a 3A South match. Empire is part of the Vail School District and the Ravens moved to 2-0 on the year after opening up their season with a win at Sunnyside last Monday coupled with the victory over at Sabino a week later.

Empire built a 17-9 lead over Sabino in the first set but the Sabercats battled back and eventually took a 21-19 lead after a massive 13-2 run. The Ravens took a 24-22 lead in the set but a service error and an ace from Chloe Tague tied things up 24-24. Maliyah Johnson hit Sophia Vera to put Empire back up 25-24 and then Vera served an ace for the 26-24 win….



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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