Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month: Cienega’s Derrick Vargas

Derrick Vargas is one of the top players in the nation in hitting percentage (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Cienega is 26-4 and rated No. 1 in 5A boys volleyball in the state entering the postseason and senior outside hitter/middle blocker Derrick Vargas is a significant reason for the Bobcats’ dominance.

Vargas, 6-foot-5, is ranked No. 17 nationally in hitting percentage at .444, according to MaxPreps, and he leads the Bobcats in kills (224) and kills per set (3.0).

Cienega was unbeaten (8-0) in its 5A Southern matches in April with Vargas one of the captains.

Also in the month, he recorded hitting percentages of .600 against Sabino, .700 against Williams Field and .455 against Ironwood Ridge and Catalina Foothills. He also averaged 3.1 kills per set.

His dominance in April for the top 5A team in the state has earned him Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month honors.


January 2022: Mountain View wrestler Austin Scott

February 2022: Sunnyside wrestler Sergio Vega

March 2022: Walden Grove baseball player Milo Rushford


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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