Volleyball: Salpointe over CDO

Abby Whatton up for the kill (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


It seems odd, but Salpointe and Canyon del Oro are only going to meet on the court once this year for the first time since 2015, when “section” opponents only met once. Since then, the two power teams played a home-and-home series as members of the 4A Kino Region. The singular match could have bearing on the region title and the automatic playoff berth attached to it but the Lancers made the most of the situation by sweeping Canyon del Oro Wednesday night 25-15, 27-25 and 25-19.

The region champion in the 4A Conference will earn an automatic playoff berth but it’s not clear how that would come into play with the Lancers only competing in three region matches while Canyon del Oro, Pueblo, Cholla are playing six and Sahuaro is playing five, but there’s another factor working big in the Lancer’s favor in the form of rankings…..



Former University of Arizona basketball standout Matt Muehlebach was in attendance to watch his daughter Megan play. Current Arizona Beach Volleyball sophomore Alex Parkhurst and freshman Abby Russell were also in the building. The Wildcat duo won a State Pairs Championship for the Lancers in 2019.

Canyon del Oro gained the services of Sasha Ross, who moved over from Ironwood Ridge after sitting out a year, and Valley Vista standout Alina Nunez will bring her hitting power to the Dorados as she becomes eligible to play.


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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