Empire starts out strong with championship of the TUSD Invitational

Maliyah Johnson goes high for the set fro Empire. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Two of the hottest teams in Southern Arizona met in the championship match of the TUSD Girls Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon and Empire came away with 2-0 win over Rincon/University to set the tone for the regular season….


Desert Christian hosted a round-robin tournament on the other end of town with Benson sweeping through the field to improve to 9-0 overall.

The Flowing Wells Invitational is scheduled for Friday and Saturday with matches slated to start at noon on Friday.

Salpointe: Meena Moore
Catalina Foothills: Lauren Rumel
Rincon/UHS: Sophia Lee and Emma Mullins
Empire: Sophia Vera and Emmy Overson
Tanque Verde: Jasmin Joseph
Marana: Abriana Hernandez
Cienega: Kaitlyn Molina
Pusch Ridge: Christina Shaffer


Rincon/UHS over Pueblo, 25-8, 27-25
Catalina Foothills over Pusch Ridge, 25-22, 25-15
Salpointe over Sabino, 25-8, 25-13
Cienega over Sahuaro, 25-13, 25-17
Empire over Palo Verde, 25-8, 25-10
Marana over Cholla, 25-9, 25-9
Tanque Verde over Sahuaro, 25-17, 25-18
Tucson over Santa Rita, 25-10, 25-15
Cienega over Palo Verde, 25-3, 25-9
Rincon/UHS over Cholla, 25-9, 25-17
Catalina Foothills over Santa Rita, 25-6, 25-10
Marana over Pueblo, 25-14, 25-14
Tanque Verde over Sabino, 25-14, 15-25, 16-14
Salpointe over Catalina Foothills, 25-15, 9-25, 15-10
Empire over Sahuaro, 25-7, 25-23
Pusch Ridge over Tucson, 25-9, 25-12
Cienega over Sabino, 25-10, 19-25, 15-8
Pueblo over Cholla, 25-23, 25-22
Sabino vs. Palo Verde, 2 p.m.
Pusch Ridge over Santa Rita, 25-11, 25-9
Empire over Cienega, 25-19, 25-21
Marana over Rincon/UHS, 25-27, 25-19, 15-11
Salpointe over Tanque Verde, 25-11, 25-19
Catalina Foothills over Tucson, 25-14, 25-18
Cienega over Marana, 25-19, 25-14
Empire over Rincon/UHS, 25-22, 25-21
Catalina Foothills over Tanque Verde, 25-17, 26-28, 15-6

Pueblo over Palo Verde, 25-16, 25-16
Tucson over Catalina, 25-19, 25-18
Sahuaro over Cholla, 25-15, 25-15
Sabino over Santa Rita, 25-5, 25-8
Rincon/UHS over Catalina Foothills, 25-19, 25-20
Pueblo over Cholla, 21-25, 25-13, 15-8
Salpointe over Pusch Ridge, 25-5, 25-13
Sabino over Catalina, 25-8, 25-12
Sabino over Pueblo, 25-17, 25-9
Tucson over Palo Verde, 25-18, 25-15
Cienega over Salpointe, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10
Empire over Rincon/UHS, 25-15, 25-22


Benson over St. David, 2-0
Willcox over Gregory School, 2-0
Benson over Desert Christian, 2-0
St. David over Willcox, 2-0
Desert Christian over Gregory School, 2-0
Benson over Willcox, 2-1
Desert Christian over St. David, 2-1
St. David over Gregory School, 2-0
Willcox 2, Desert Christian 1
Benson over Gregory School, 2-0

Desert School over Gregory School, 2-0
Willcox over St. David, 2-1
Benson over Desert Christian, 2-0
Desert Christian over Gregory School, 2-0
Benson over Willcox, 2-1
Desert Christian over St. David, 2-1
Desert Christian over Willcox, 2-0
Benson over Desert Christian, 2-0


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 is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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