Perry volleyball

Perry volleyball coach Fred Mann has coached his Pumas to the No. 1 ranking in 6A.

The Perry High volleyball program is the team to beat in the 6A Conference according to the Arizona Interscholastic Association volleyball rankings released on Tuesday morning.

The Pumas are 16-2 overall this season, with their only two losses having come from seventh-ranked Highland and second-ranked Corona del Sol.

Perry has been led this season by senior outside hitter Tatum Stall, who is committed to play volleyball at Utah State University. Stall has a team-high 186 kills and 27 aces. Close behind Stall is junior outside hitter Ella Rud and junior middle blocker Makayla Long, who have 263 kills combined.

The Pumas still have a gauntlet of a schedule ahead as they dive deep into the meat of their region play schedule. Matches against Xavier, Hamilton, Chandler and Basha await Perry.

Perry joins Millennium (5A), Flagstaff (4A), Odyssey Institute (3A), Scottsdale Christian (2A) and Mogollon (1A) as the top teams in the state’s six conferences.

Here’s a look at the AIA’s first volleyball rankings of the season (24 teams make the postseason in 6A-2A, with 16 making the tournament in 1A)

6A

1. Perry

2. Corona del Sol

3. Xavier Prep

4. Desert Vista

5. Sandra Day O’Connor

6. Chaparral

7. Highland

8. North

9. Hamilton

10. Basha

11. Desert Ridge

12. Mesa

13. Mountain View

14. Pinnacle

15. Liberty

16. Chandler

17. Mountain Pointe

18. Shadow Ridge

19. Skyline

20. Queen Creek

21. Mountain Ridge

22. Valley Vista

23. Copper Canyon

24. Tolleson

5A

1. Millennium

2. Sunnyslope

3. Cactus Shadows

4. Centennial

5. Horizon

6. Sunrise Mountain

7. Ironwood Ridge

8. Campo Verde

9. Verrado

10. Empire

11. Gilbert

12. Marana

13. Cienega

14. Notre Dame Prep

15. Ironwood

16. Central

17. Casteel

18. Paradise Valley

19. Higley

20. Agua Fria

21. Rincon

22. Independence

23. Nogales

24. Raymond S. Kellis

4A

1. Flagstaff

2. Estrella Foothills

3. Deer Valley

4. Greenway

5. Bradshaw Mountain

6. Salpointe Catholic

7. Arcadia

8. Lee Williams

9. Youngker

10. Seton Catholic

11. Canyon Del Oro

12. Lake Havasu

13. Mesquite

14. Catalina Foothills

15. Cactus

16. St. Mary’s

17. Prescott

18. Marcos de Niza

19. Shadow Mountain

20. Coconino

21. Mingus Union

22. Desert Edge

23. Poston Butte

24. Peoria

3A

1. Odyssey Institute

2. Tuba City

3. Northwest Christian

4. Tanque Verde

5. Valley Christian

6. Show Low

7. Snowflake

8. ALA – Queen Creek

9. Bourgade Catholic

10. Page

11. Arizona College Prep

12. Holbrook

13. Yuma Catholic

14. Blue Ridge

15. Window Rock

16. Paradise Honors

17. Sabino

18. ALA – Gilbert North

19. Monument Valley

20. Chinle

21. Fountain Hills

22. Payson

23. Pusch Ridge

24. Horizon Honors

2A

1. Scottsdale Christian

2. Thatcher

3. Rancho Solano Prep

4. Parker

5. Sedona Red Rock

6. Veritas Prep

7. Pima

8. Phoenix Country Day

9. Morenci

10. Scottsdale Prep

11. Chandler Prep

12. Benson

13. Trivium Prep

14. Valley Lutheran

15. St. Augustine

16. Arizona Lutheran

17. Pinon

18. Gilbert Classical

19. Round Valley

20. St. Johns

21. Tombstone

22. Phoenix Christian

23. Tempe Prep

24. Willcox

1A

1. Mogollon

2. St. David

3. Williams

4. Fort Thomas

5. Ash Fork

6. Rock Point

7. San Simon

8. St. Michael

9. Mayer

10. Anthem Prep

11. North Phoenix Prep

12. Hayden

13. Arete Prep

14. Ray

15. Immaculate Hear

16. Grand Canyon

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