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Mesquite junior middle blocker Elli Cano spikes a ball.

Mesquite volleyball swept Saguaro on Tuesday night to keep pace atop of its region (25-17, 25-20, 25-15). 

The Wildcats now sit at third in 4A Desert Sky behind Arcadia and Seton Catholic with a 19-7 overall and 3-1 region record.

Senior outside hitter Brooklyn Holland led the Wildcats with 15 points. 

Junior opposite hitter Nanette Smith led Saguaro with seven points.

The Wildcats shook off their usual habit of starting out slow, taking the first set convincingly. However, Wildcats coach Carlos Flys said the start was not as good as it might have been.

“We did not play well. There were a lot of little dumb errors,” Flys said, who added, “That’s not characteristic of our team.”

He said that the team missed 11 serves along with missplaying two free balls. 

Holland agreed that while the start ended with a win in the first set, it wasn’t quite what the team expected in terms of score.

“I don’t even think that it was better,” Holland said. “I think we just knew our game plan and what we had to execute.”

The second set was much more neck and neck, as the teams traded points all the way up to 20. Mesquite then broke free and went on a run to secure the set. Holland scored of her six points in the set.

The third set played similarly to the first, as the Wildcats were able to score quickly and play well on long rallies. 

This included a point that Saguaro thought they won but didn’t realize junior middle blocker Elli Cano had pancaked the ball before it reached the floor. The ball went over the net and over the Sabercats, leading to the point being awarded to Mesquite.

Flys said the team’s performance is a matter of focus, and the team’s practices showcase more of the team’s ability that they need to show in games.

“It’s not (a) fundamental (issue), because this doesn’t show up in practice,” Flys said. “In practice, our focus is perfect.”

The Wildcats will take on Seton Catholic next on Wednesday Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.

Jeffrey Horst is a sports journalism student at Arizona State's Cronkite School of Journalism covering Mesquite High School athletics. 

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