As Catalina High School's longtime volleyball coach, Heather Moore-Martin always tried to raise her team's level of play when it visited the Salpointe Catholic gym.
Looking to make their sixth semifinals appearance in eight years, the visiting Salpointe Catholic boys volleyball team came up short against top-seeded Phoenix Desert Vista in the Division I state tournament, losing to the host Thunder in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) on Tuesday.
Of the eight Southern Arizona boys volleyball teams to make the state tournament, only Salpointe Catholic remains after first- and second-round action on Saturday.
Michael Bernal gets a lift from Rincon teammates before a match with Sahuaro. The Rangers won the match Tuesday.
Laurent Riel, left, and Bernal listen closely to first-year coach Nic Thiltges before the fourth set against Sahuaro.
At 14-4, Rincon/University has proven to be one of the top boys volleyball teams in the state.
Jordan Weatherless, left, and Laurel Kremer of Ironwood Ridge go up for a block during the first set against Deer Valley in the quarterfinals of the Division II state tournament at Ironwood Ridge High School.
Ironwood Ridge senior Rachel Synkelma slammed a kill to the floor to lock up a 3-1 (26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-13) win over visiting Glendale Deer Valley on Thursday night.
Rachel Synkelma, blocking a shot Oct. 9 against Notre Dame Prep, leads an Ironwood Ridge team that is 14-2 and No. 4 in the Division II power rankings.
Ironwood Ridge volleyball coach Bill Lang feels comfortable as the regular season comes to an end Thursday.
Tucson senior Carly Trueman was talked into playing club volleyball, where she saw her potential. In May, she committed to Utah.
Playing a college sport has always been on the to-do list of Tucson High's Carly Trueman. But after exploding onto the club volleyball scene, she had to make a slight change to those plans.
Cienega senior Stephanie Mendivil had 450 kills last season, for an average of 4.6 per set. "I definitely think I'll be able to beat that 450" this season, she said.
Yes, Cienega's Stephanie Mendivil can reach 10 feet into the air. And, yes, she's led the Bobcats to the volleyball playoffs each of her first three years on varsity.