4A Volleyball: CDO wins the Kino Region; Salpointe’s Jalynn Ransom to play for Pima

Abby Whatton came up big for the Dorados. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

No. 2 Canyon del Oro beat No. 3 Salpointe 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 27-25) Wednesday night at home to capture the 4A Kino Region championship and the automatic playoff berth that comes with the title. It was the first region championship for Dorados dating back to the fall of 2016 when the Dorados split with the Lancers but finished the regular season with a better conference record to earn the tiebreaker.

The Lancers went on to win the state title that year and the Dorados made an appearance in the semifinal round. Salpointe ran off eight straight victories over the Dorados since 2016 but that streak ended with a sweep at the hand of the Dorados this fall. The two losses dropped Salpointe’s record to 13-2 in power-ranking matches with three matches left in the regular season including what is expected to be a huge match with No.1 Notre Dame (14-0) visiting on Monday, Oct. 25.

The Dorados are riding a wave that includes a set record of 48-2 this fall with the two sets taken by Salpointe in an epic 5-set match two weeks ago that helped set up the rematch Wednesday night…..


Salpointe senior Jalynn Ransom committed to play for Pima. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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