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  • 3 Chandler club teams make volleyball tourney finals

    A trio of Chandler teams fought its way through pool and championship play to reach the finals of the 31st annual Volleyball Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center last weekend.Shenu Volleyball Club’s 18 Black squad reached the finals of the 17-18 girls bracket, while Spiral Volleyball’s 13 Under Armour and Aspire Volleyball Club’s 13 ROX teams met in the finals of the 13 girls bracket.Shenu 18 Black squad faced a familiar foe in its championship match; California-based Rancho Valley Volleyball Club’s 18 Select unit bested Shenu earlier in the championship bracket. It was the only match Shenu 18 Black lost on its trip to the finals of the double-elimination tournament.In the finals, Shenu 18 Black won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-18. But, since Rancho Valley had not lost prior to that, it forced a final single game to 25 for the 17-18 girls championship. Shenu 18 Black fell in the sudden-death game to Rancho Valley, 25-23.“That was the most fire I’d seen them play with in the whole tournament,” Shenu 18 Black coach Tia Kannapel said of her team’s performance. “I’m so proud of what they accomplished.”Rivals Spiral 13 Under Armour and Aspire 13 ROX met in the finals of the 13 girls bracket. Like Shenu 18 Black’s championship match, Aspire 13 ROX had not lost a match coming into the championship, but Spiral 13 Under Armour won the first two sets, 25-19, 25-11, to force a sudden-death set.

  • High school sports face new fees for postseason participation

    Starting this fall, high school athletic programs across Arizona will face additional fees to participation in postseason play.The Arizona Interscholastic Association implemented a fee requiring certain sports to pay to enter playoff and postseason games. Schools will have to start paying the fees — approved by the AIA on May 19 — beginning the fall sports season.Spiritline, wrestling, cross-country, golf, badminton and tennis will now all have to pay to participate in postseason tournaments. Spiritlines will be charged $250 to enter the state qualifier and $350 to enter the state finals. Wrestling teams will be charged $100 to enter their sectional tournamentsCross-country, golf and tennis will see $50 increases. Cross-country teams will have to pay $50 to enter the sectional meet and $100 to enter the state meet. However, individuals who qualify on their own but not as part of a team will not be charged.Golf teams will be charged $50 per individual or $250 for a team of five. Tournament attendees of the state golf tournament will be charged for a $15 day pass or a $25 all-tournament pass.Badminton and tennis teams will be charged $50 per team for entry into their respective singles or doubles tournaments with “an entry of one singles and one doubles team, or only a singles or doubles team is considered a team,” according to an AIA memo.

  • Mesa's Hatch wins MVP award at national tournament

    The honors continue to roll in for Mesa High graduate J.T. Hatch.Hatch’s Spiral 18 Under Armour team took home a national title in the 18 Open bracket Tuesday at the USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships. Hatch was named the tournament’s MVP.Hatch, who will continue his volleyball career at UCLA, recently was named the East Valley Tribune’s boys volleyball Player of the Year.

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