The start of the quarterfinals for prep football across the state also presents the beginning of the historic Open Division playoffs, as the state’s top eight teams from 6A, 5A and 4A begin their quest for a true state championship.
The third-ranked Basha Bears girls volleyball program found themselves facing an uphill battle on Tuesday night at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, as they trailed top-seeded and district-rival Perry by two sets in the 6A Girls Volleyball State Championship.
Makayla Donahoo was not supposed to be on the badminton court, especially with her heading to college on a Division I softball scholarship at Weber State.
The teams from Mesa and Chandler were in the fifth set of a spirited girls’ volleyball match. As the score went back and forth, the crowd went wild with each passing point.
After narrowly losing the first game, the Mountain View boys volleyball team battled back to win the next three, defeating Mesa 3-1.
Perry earned a spot in the state championship with their first win over Desert Vista this season. The Pumas won in five sets after dropping the first two to the Thunder.
Cassie Forsgren was in a rush as she tried to make the commute from work to Desert Ridge in order to get on the team bus.
In a fast paced sport, with evenly matched talent, Boys Volleyball cant be scripted. As was evident in Saturdays State Division One first round contest in Sam Duane Gymnasium.
The Desert Vista boys volleyball team overcame a slow start to beat rival Mountain Pointe in three sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 to improve its record to 22-7-2, and extend the Thunder’s win streak to seven in a row.
The Desert Vista boys volleyball team needed all five sets to come away with the win against Brophy on Wednesday night.
If Monday's boys volleyball match between Corona del Sol and Mountain View were a state title game, the label of instant classic would have quickly followed.
Highland can take solace that it won a set from second-seeded Phoenix Brophy Prep, only the Broncos’ second such loss since April 17.
Down 10-2 in the first set and then down two sets to none, top-seeded Hamilton appeared ripe for an upset.
The first round of the Division I boys state volleyball tournament started on Thursday with most of the area teams having a bye to open the 24-team field.
It might have ended up being a little closer than it would have liked, but the Highland boys volleyball team gave itself the momentum the Hawks want heading into the state playoffs.
After 20 years of consistent success and stability, Mountain Pointe’s boys volleyball program finds itself in unfamiliar waters.