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Salpointe advances to fourth volleyball championship match in five years; Football playoffs are here

Meena Moore splits Gracelyn Nez (15) and Lauren Hagerman. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

No. 2 Salpointe beat No. 6 Flagstaff 3-0 Thursday night at home to advance to the 4A Conference state championship match set for Saturday against top-seeded Notre Dame Prep (17-0). The Saints knocked off No. 4 Seton Catholic 3-0 in the other semifinal match to set up the state final to be played at Mesquite High School in Gilbert at 11 a.m.

Salpointe improved to 17-2 on the year with the win and Flagstaff ended with a 14-3 record. The Eagles took care of No. 11 Coconino 3-0 in the first round and an epic 5-set match upset victory at No. 3 Deer Valley sent the team to their third straight semifinal appearance under longtime head coach Beth Haglin.

Heather Moore-Martin (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Haglin guided the Eagles to back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013 and she came up against another legend in Lancer head coach Heather Moore-Martin. Moore-Martin led the Lancers to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 and this will be the fourth state final appearance for the Lancers since that 2016 season with a runner-up finish in 2018 being the third trip in the sequence…..

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19

4A Volleyball Semifinal
No. 2 Salpointe over No. 6 Flagstaff, 3-0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-18)

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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

4A Volleyball Championship at Gilbert Mesquite
No. 2 Salpointe (17-2) vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (17-0), 11 a.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Football 5A/Open Division Quarterfinals
Salpointe

YOU NEVER KNOW FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
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 2A Catalina (0-0), 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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