Volleyball state tournaments: DeYoung, Gonzales lead Catalina to semis

2011-05-12T00:00:00Z 2011-05-12T06:41:51Z Volleyball state tournaments: DeYoung, Gonzales lead Catalina to semis Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2011 12:00 am

The Catalina Trojans started their title defense in style Wednesday night.

The second-seeded Trojans advanced to the semifinals of the 2A-4A state tournament by beating Chandler Seton Catholic 25-11, 25-15, 25-17.

Catalina (27-2) was led by Josh DeYoung, who had 13 kills.

Lorenzo Gonzales contributed 26 assists. Cooper Kowalski added 10 kills.

"Our serving was really tough, and it put them on their heels," Catalina coach Heather Moore-Martin said. Seton Catholic "had a lot of trouble with that and couldn't set the offense they wanted to."

The Trojans weren't the only local winners in the 2A-4A tournament.

No. 1 seed Catalina Foothills beat No. 9 Cholla 25-19, 25-22, 25-15.

Outside hitters Tyler Foo and Jovan Vance led the Falcons with 11 and nine kills, respectively.

"We wanted to beat this Cholla team," Foothills coach David Thistle said. "They're really scrappy and always tough to get a side-out on.

"Our goal is to win a state title, and if we put ourselves in a position to make plays, we'll go far."

Foothills will play No. 5 Sahuaro in the semis Friday at Amphitheater.

Sahuaro defeated Gilbert Higley 25-21, 15-25, 25-13, 25-22.

The Cougars' Nick Valverde finished with seven kills and two aces.

"This was a great matchup," Sahuaro coach Sandy Novak said. "We'll be ready to play Foothills on Friday.

"If we serve tough and block, it should be a good game."

In 5A, top-seeded Salpointe Catholic won 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 over Mountain Pointe.

Jimmy Gehrels led the way with 14 kills, and teammate Ben Malisewski had 33 assists.

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