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Volleyball Playoffs: Salpointe advances to fourth semifinal appearance in five years

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The Salpointe Lancers advance to their fourth semifinal appearance in the last five years by beating American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek 3-0 Tuesday night at home. No. 2 Salpointe (16-2) will host the semifinal match against No. 6 Flagstaff (14-3) on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. This will be the first match of the season between the Eagles and the Lancers.

The Patriots of ALA-Queen Creek finished the year with an 11-5 record and it’s a mark that includes the first conference play-in victory in program history and the first state playoff victory when the Patriots outlasted Canyon del Oro in five sets in the opening round on Saturday….

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

4A/5A Volleyball Quarterfinals
5A: No. 9 Arcadia over No. 1 Ironwood Ridge, 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20, 16-14)
4A: No. 2 Salpointe over No. 10 ALA-QC, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15,25-22)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

4A Volleyball Semifinal
No. 6 Flagstaff at No. 2 Salpointe, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Football Play-In Tournament
3A: No. 14 Gilbert Christian at No. 3 Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 17 Pima at No. 1 Benson, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 14 Veritas Prep at No. 3 Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 13 Willcox at No. 4 Arizona Lutheran, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Football 5A/Open Division Quarterfinals
Salpointe

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

5A Marana (0-2) at 6A Tucson (0-0), 7 p.m.
5A Salpointe (5-0) at 5A Desert Mountain (4-1), 7 p.m.
5A Desert View (0-1) at 5A Ironwood Ridge (0-2), 7 p.m.
5A Rincon/UHS (0-1) at 4A Amphitheater (3-0), 7 p.m.
4A Sahuaro (0-2) at 5A Mountain View (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Palo Verde (0-0) at 5A Flowing Wells (0-2), 7 p.m.
5A Cholla (1-1) at 2A Santa Rita (0-1), 7 p.m.
4A Canyon del Oro (2-1) at 4A Catalina Foothills (1-0), 7 p.m.
3A Sabino (1-0) at 4A Empire (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Tanque Verde (2-0) at 3A Sahuarita (0-1), 7 p.m.

Football Play-In Tournament
3A: No. 14 Gilbert Christian at No. 3 Pusch Ridge, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 17 Pima at No. 1 Benson, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 14 Veritas Prep at No. 3 Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.
2A: No. 13 Willcox at No. 4 Arizona Lutheran, 7 p.m.

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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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