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Pusch Ridge swept Benson 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-18) Tuesday night to help open up girls volleyball in Southern Arizona. In other action from Southern Arizona, Salpointe beat Casa Grande 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-22), Bisbee beat Desert Christian 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22), St. David beat Tombstone 3-0 and Valley Union beat Willcox 3-1….
The Lions returned a complete team from last year with a roster filled with seniors and it showed in the victory over Benson. Former Lion standout Summer McDonough recorded over 1,000 kills in her career and she is competing with the University of Arizona in beach volleyball so the switch to multiple weapons along with a more experienced crew might be a blessing for head coach Dana Wahl.
“We are senior heavy, which is a good thing,” Wahl said. “It will be hard to say which player will step up each game because we don’t have that dominant player but they are all skilled. The kids aren’t too happy they can’t play in front of friends but we are happy we get to play someone other than ourselves.”
Pusch Ridge struggled early in the first set but a 7-6 lead became a 25-8 victory thanks to the serving by senior Savannah Kay. Kay served nine straight points to open up the lead including five aces. She finished the night with eight aces….
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