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Salpointe Catholic beat Notre Dame Prep 4-1 Monday at the Tucson Racquet Club to improve to 2-1 on the year while the Saints moved to 3-2. The Lancers are coming off the program’s first Beach Volleyball state championship and Notre Dame is off to the best start in program history.
Salpointe went 15-0 last year to win the Division II title with the championship victory coming over Valley Christian by a score of 4-1 and the two teams were scheduled to meet again on March 1 but the Lancers had to forfeit another 4-1 victory due to an error in the substitution rule thus the one loss on the Salpointe ledger this spring. Forfeits count as victories and losses but they have no bearing on power rankings. The first set of AIA power-rankings for Beach Volleyball will be released on March 22…
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