Volleyball: Rincon/UHS starts season with win at Tucson

Kristiana Manriquez had 3 blocks and 3 kills for Tucson. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Rincon/University swept Tucson High 3-0 Wednesday night to open up the season for both squads and the match also served up region play for the two Tucson area schools. The Rangers spent the last two seasons competing in the 5A Conference but the new configuration has them back in the highest level with the Badgers in the newly formed 6A Southwest Region along with Yuma Cibola, Yuma Kofa, Maricopa and San Luis.

The match also saw the beginning of the Keira Perkins era at Tucson High. Perkins replaced longtime coach Amanda Larriva in the offseason and this will be her first head coaching position at the high school level. Larriva will concentrate on the boy’s team in the spring…



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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