The Division II Beach Volleyball Pairs state playoffs started on Tuesday night at Casteel High School with the top-seeded Salpointe team of Andrea Owens and Brandy Kishbaugh attempting to give the Lancers another championship.
Current University of Arizona standouts Alex Parkhurst and Abby Russell won the D-II Pairs championship in 2019 and the Salpointe pair of Peyton Lewis and Abby Russel took second in 2017.
Owens and Kishbaugh had some difficulty in the first round but pulled through with a 2-1 victory and the team had relative ease in the quarterfinals later in the night to set up a seminal battle with Katie Call and Morgan Hains of Canyon del Oro,
The Dorado pair pulled off a 2-1 win in the first round and then stunned the No. 4 team from Coconino by coming back to take that match 2-1.
During team play, Salpointe beat Canyon del Oro 5-0 in April so this will be a rematch between the two top pairs from Southern Arizona in the field. There are no pairs from the Tucson area in D-I action which gets underway on Wednesday night.
Salpointe and Canyon del Oro will face off at 5 p.m. and the match guarantees a spot for a Southern Arizona team in the state final slated to begin right after the semifinal matches on Thursday night.
D-II BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAIRS AT CASTEEL
TUESDAY, MAY 18
No. 1 Brandy Kishbaugh/Andrea Owens (Salpointe) over G. Abrams/M. Kohoutek (Fountain Hills), (19-21, 21-20, 15-8)
Katie Call/Morgan Hains (CDO) over A. Mancilla/A. Acosta (Desert Edge), (21-19, 18-21, 15-11)
No. 1 Brandy Kishbaugh/Andrea Owens (Salpointe) over A. Howard/A. Dunn (Deer Valley), (21-18, 21-10)
Katie Call/Morgan Hains (CDO) over No. 4 B. Parker/R. Curtis (Coconino), (14-21, 21-18, 15-8)
THURSDAY, MAY 20
No. 1 Brandy Kishbaugh/Andrea Owens (Salpointe) vs. Katie Call/Morgan Hains (CDO), 5 p.m.
Salpointe/Canyon del Oro winner vs. TBD, 6:15 p.m.
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