Tucson Salpointe Catholic won nine points in a row in the deciding game Saturday for a victory over host Tempe McClintock in the championship of the McClintock High School volleyball tournament.
McClintock, a 4A Division I school, was riding high after beating city rival Tempe Marcos de Niza in the semifinals.
“That was a big victory for us,’’ said McClintock coach Abra Amwake, noting that Marcos de Niza was a 5A-II semifinalist last season.
The Chargers (7-3-1) won the first game of the final match, but Salpointe (15-4) turned it around for a 20-25, 25-20, 15-5 win.
“We played with a little more energy, and we served better,’’ Salpointe coach Amy Johnson said. “Those were the real differences.”
Amwake said she warned her team that the 5A-I Lancers would be better after the first game. “I told them they’d come after us,’’ she said. “We just didn’t respond.”
The Chargers stayed with the Lancers until late in Game 2. Jenny Rozell had a kill to pull the Chargers to 18-17. But Kimi Reid’s two kills helped the Lancers take control and take the game.
Reid had two kills early in the fist game as Salpointe jumped to a 5-0 lead. A spike by Amy Patton ended the skid. The Chargers cut it to 5-4 before Salpointe went on its deciding run.
Patton finished the match with a team-high six kills.
Ellie Carlstrom had five kills for the Chargers.
Chelsea Perez had two kills and a block.
Reid finished with nine kills. Zanna Sarama had six kills. Kaitlyn Moushon had six kills and an ace.
In the semifinals against Marcos, Patton led the Chargers with 11 kills, one block and two aces.
Rozell had six kills and a block. MaryJo Kolze had 22 assists, four aces and three kills. Megan Wood had three aces.