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Salpointe outlasted Mountain View 27-25, 25-20 to capture the championship of the Mountain View Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Lancers went 3-0 in pool play on Friday to earn the top seed in the tournament before defeating Ironwood Ridge Sunday morning and then Canyon View to reach the championship match with Mountain View.
The Mountain Lions earned a No. 5 seed after pool play but a tense 19-25, 25-10, 15-13 win over No. 4 Marana Saturday morning was followed by a 25-16, 25-21 victory over No. 2 Flowing Wells in the semifinal round. Mountain View sprinted out to a 6-1 lead on Salpointe in the first set of the championship final but the Lancers battled back to eventually take a 13-12 lead.
Mountain View went up 23-21 in that first set but the Lancers forced a 25-25 tie before closing it out for a 27-25 win. The second set was also played close to a 22-20 lead for the Lancers but a block and an ace from Diego Morales led to a 25-20 win.
Morales finished with 5 kills for Salpointe to go along with 5 for Cody Raetzman and 20 assists from Scott Spencer. Jaden Wiest had 10 assists for Mountain View and Talon Kohler had 7 kills.
Sabino won the Silver Bracket championship over BASIS Phoenix 25-23, 22-25, 15-11.
BASIS – PHOENIX
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
Salpointe over Pueblo (25-20, 25-16)
Salpointe over Basha (25-14, 26-24)
Salpointe over Canyon View (25-19, 21-25, 15-13)
Flowing Wells over Ironwood Ridge (25-19, 25-17)
Flowing Wells over Horizon Honors (22-25, 27-25, 15-9)
Flowing Wells over Sahuaro (25-23, 25-18)
Canyon View over Basha (25-21, 25-15)
Canyon View over Pueblo (25-12, 25-7)
Marana over Mountain View (25-13, 20-25, 15-5)
Marana over Sabino (25-23, 25-21)
Mountain View over Sabino (25-10, 25-11)
Mountain View over BASIS Phoenix (25-14, 25-15)
Horizon Honors over Sahuaro (25-19, 25-15)
Horizon Honors over Ironwood Ridge (25-22, 25-19)
Basha over Pueblo (25-9, 25-21)
Ironwood Ridge over Sahuaro (25-14, 24-26, 15-13)
Sabino over BASIS Phoenix (25-16, 25-20)
BASIS Phoenix over Marana (23-25, 26-24, 16-14)
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
No. 1 Salpointe over No. 8 Ironwood Ridge (25-12, 25-12)
No. 2 Flowing Wells over No. 7 Basha (25-23, 15-25, 15-13)
No. 3 Canyon View vs. No. 6 Horizon Honors, 10 a.m.
No. 5 Mountain View over No. 4 Marana (19-25, 25-10, 15-13)
Basha over Marana (27-25, 21-25, 15-8)
Horizon Honors over Ironwood Ridge (25-22, 25-17)
Flowing Wells over Canyon View (25-18, 20-25, 15-11)
Basha over Horizon Honors (25-19, 25-19)
Marana over Ironwood Ridge (23-25, 25-20, 15-9)
Mountain View over Flowing Wells (25-16, 25-21)
Salpointe over Canyon View (25-23, 25-19)
Salpointe over Mountain View (27-25, 25-20)
No. 1 Sabino over No. 4 Pueblo (25-16, 16-25, 15-4)
No. 2 BASIS Phoenix over No. 3 Sahuaro (25-19, 25-20)
Sahuaro over Pueblo (25-19, 25-12)
Sabino over BASIS Phoenix (25-23, 22-25, 15-11)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org