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Playoffs: Six teams from Southern Arizona survive the Volleyball Play-In round; 16 teams to state

Amphi standout Natalie Sandoval goes for a kill over Piper Ream (13) and Abigail Cardenas of Thunderbird. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

LINK: FREE AMPHI/THUNDERBIRD PHOTOS

AMPHITHEATER FALLS TO THUNDERBIRD 3-0

The Panthers last made the state playoffs in 2010 as the No. 2 seed but head coach Samantha Reynolds guided her program to two region championships and two play-in appearances since 2018.

The rock on the Panthers squad in that time was senior setter Brianna Wyttenback. Wyttenback finished the match with Thunderbird with 24 assists with her main targets being junior outside Arianna Alonso (11 kills) and Jr. OH Natalie Sandoval (6 Kills)….

LINK: AMPHI/THUNDERBIRD STORY AT AZPREPS365

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

2A-6A Volleyball Play-In Tournament
No. 22 Mountain Ridge over No. 11 Rincon/UHS, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-12)
No. 14 Queen Creek over No. 19 Tucson, 3-0
No. 15 Ironwood over No. 18 Mountain View, 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-13)
No. 11 Arcadia over No. 22 Nogales, 3-0
No. 23 Canyon View over No. 10 Catalina Foothills (1-0, forfeit)
No. 18 Thunderbird over No. 15 Amphitheater, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22)
No. 9 Empire over No. 24 Chino Valley, 3-0
No. 16 Sabino over No. 17 Eastmark, 3-1
No. 13 Tanque Verde over No. 20 Franklin, 3-1
No. 14 Pusch Ridge over No. 19 Show Low, 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 27-25)
No. 9 Glendale Prep over No. 24 Tombstone, 3-0
No. 18 St. Augustine over No. 15 San Tan Charter, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 15-8)
No. 13 Benson over No. 20 Desert Heights, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-20)
No. 14 Sedona Red Rock over No. 19 Bisbee 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-11)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Cross Country D-I/D-III State Championship: Gilbert

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

1A Volleyball First Round at Coronado
San Simon vs. Tempe Prep, 9 a.m.
Valley Union vs. Lead Edge, 11 a.m.
Desert Christian vs. Cicero Prep, 1 p.m.
St. David vs. Lincoln Prep, 3 p.m.

1A Football Quarterfinals
Williams at St. David, 7 p.m.
San Manuel at Mogollon, 7 p.m.

Cross Country D-II/D-IV State Championship: Gilbert

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

2A-5A Volleyball First Round
5A: Buena, Cienega, Ironwood Ridge, Marana
4A: Canyon del Oro, Salpointe
3A: Empire, Sabino, Tanque Verde, Pusch Ridge
2A: St. Augustine, Benson

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

2A-4A Football Play-In Tournament
1A Football Semifinals

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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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