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Canyon del Oro beat Rincon/University 3-0 Tuesday night at home to move to 9-0 on the year. The Rangers are 10-5 overall and 6-3 in power-ranking games after the loss with the initial AIA Rankings coming out on Tuesday.
The Dorados took the match 25-12, 25-14 and 25-15 with junior setter Madisson Navarrete leading the way with 31 assists. Navarrete is averaging 7.6 assists per set which puts her in top four for Division II and she has a couple of major targets in junior Alina Nunez (19 Kills) and senior Abby Whatton (13).
“I know I always have an outlet and I know they’re going to get us a point,” Navarrete explained. “Constant communication has really helped our team this year and I think that’s the difference so far.”
The Rangers dropped their second match in a row with Catalina Foothills (4-3) beating the team 3-0 Monday night and things won’t be getting any easier with Salpointe (6-0) visiting Rincon/UHS on Thursday night. The program started the season out strong with wins over Ironwood Ridge and Catalina Foothills coming before a win over Salpointe during the TUSD Invitational but there’s still time to get the program back on track.
“I think we’re kind of like losing focus at some points and we’re not being as disciplined in the things that we should be,” junior outside Graciela Escobar said. “I think after our next practice we will find a fresh start.”
Escobar had 8 kills against CDO and Emma Mullins had 15 assists to lead the Rangers.
Canyon del Oro hosts Sahuaro (2-3) on Thursday before heading out to the Epic Tourneys Volleyball Invite in Tempe on Friday and Saturday. Rincon/UHS, Mountain View, Flowing Wells, Nogales, Amphitheater and Marana are also scheduled to attend the tournament.
Tucson High will be at the Goldwater Invitational and Tanque Verde is hosting the Hawk Invitational in Tucson with Catalina Foothills, Mica Mountain, Sahuarita, Sabino and Buena scheduled.
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