Two-time defending state boys volleyball champion Highland High School got a bit of revenge in Saturday’s Charger Invitational at McClintock. Highland knocked off Mesquite — a team that defeated the Hawks twice during the regular season — in the semifinals and Desert Vista in the finals to capture the tournament championship.
Travis Knight led Highland in the 25-22, 23-25, 25-19 title match win with 39 assists and three digs.
Stewart Hamblin added 14 kills and four blocks and Jameson Bevans chipped in with 13 kills and two blocks for the Hawks.
In the 25-19, 20-25, 25-23 semifinal win over the Wildcats, Knight had 33 assists.
Both Mesquite and Desert Vista have already clinched region championships, winning the 5A Fiesta and 5A Central, respectively.
• The No. 25 Arizona State women’s team earned a win in its regular season finale, defeating Arizona 5-2 in Tucson. The Pac-10 Conference win improved the Sun Devils’ final regular season record to 13-8 and an even 4-4 in conference play.
The Sun Devils swept the doubles competition, winning at all three flights. In singles play, the Sun Devils won in four of six spots.
• The ASU men wrapped up their season with a 5-2 loss to in-state rival Arizona (12-9, 3-4 Pac-10). The loss dropped the Devils to 8-14 and 2-5.
• Australia won the men’s 55-andover division in the Austria Cup with a 2-1 victory over the United States at Durban, South Africa. Chandler’s Brian Cheney lost to Max Bates 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the finals.
• Fifth-ranked Stanford (33-9, 6-5 Pac-10) defeated No. 8 Arizona State 3-1 at Palo Alto, Calif. Mindy Cowles hit her 14th home run of the season for the Sun Devils (40-7, 4-4). ASU’s Desiree Serrano (15-4) pitched six innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs and no walks and striking out seven.
• No. 11 ASU used a four-goal third quarter to upset No. 8 San Diego State 5-4 in Tempe. The Sun Devils improved to 13-11 and 5-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while dropping the Aztecs to 20-10 and 5-7.
TRACK AND FIELD
• Arizona State sophomore Jessica Pressley placed third overall and was the top collegiate finisher in the shot put with a school-record toss of 56 feet, 4.75 inches at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif.
Pressley also finished fourth overall and second among collegiate entries in the discus with the thirdbest throw in school history at 184-4.
Andrew Smith was the lone Sun Devil male to earn a regional mark as he placed second in the javelin with a toss of 204-7.
• Lyle Askren Jr. scored his second Bomber Enduro win as he led all but 41 laps at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. The race was stopped 10 laps short of its scheduled 150 laps due to track conditions.