Rincon/University was Southern Arizona's only hope in the state's top two divisions in the playoffs.

After five teams were eliminated in Tuesday's opening round, the Rangers were the only team left in the Division I and II tournaments.

Not anymore.

Rincon/University, the No. 7 seed, was eliminated by defending state champion and No. 2 seed Phoenix Xavier in straight sets in the Division I quarterfinals.

Set scores were: 25-8, 25-9, 25-8.

"Xavier is very fast," said Rincon coach Alysha Ramirez of the Gators, who have won five of the six past state championships at the state's highest level. "With us being such a young team, it was hard for us to adjust. Their serving is out of control.

"They're a great team and we haven't seen too many other teams like them."

Rincon, which starts four sophomores, finished the season with a 16-3 record.

"It was a phenomenal season," said Ramirez, who was in her first season as the Rangers coach. "No one expected them to get this far in the state tournament."

Ramirez said she'll be especially sad to say goodbye to senior Molly Ragan, whom she called the leader of the team.

Catalina, Sahuarita and Safford are the only three Southern Arizona teams left in the postseason. All three are competing in the Division III tournament, which begins today in Prescott Valley.

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