CatBox Classic Beach Pairs Invitational

The first high school beach volleyball pairs invitational in the country took place at the University of Arizona in 2016. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

March 26: Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro (9 a.m.)

Ironwood Ridge hosted the first pairs invitational in the country in 2016 with that initial CatBox Classic taking place on the campus of the University of Arizona. Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro will host the CatBox Classic this year with the Wildcats hosting the Pac-12 South Invitational this weekend.

Ironwood Ridge will host the OPEN DIVISION (16 teams) which will consist of the top pairs from the participating schools and the SELECT DIVISION (16 teams).

Canyon del Oro will host the CLUB DIVISION (32 teams).

Each match will be one set to 21 (cap at 25) and teams will be given 1 timeout; no technical timeout.

Each playoff match will be one set to 21 (no cap) and a technical timeout; each team will be given 1 timeout.


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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