State boys volleyball: Salpointe only local school left

2013-05-05T00:00:00Z State boys volleyball: Salpointe only local school leftJason Harris Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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.

The host No. 8 Lancers (24-10) defeated No. 9 Glendale Deer Valley 3-1 to finish the year undefeated at home and advance to the quarterfinals.

"The first two games we were really focused," Salpointe coach Amy Johnson said. "All our hitters came to play. We had high energy and played almost perfect early on."

After a quick 2-0 start, including a 25-8 first set, the Lancers began to let down, allowing Deer Valley (18-15) to win the third set 26-24 and push the fourth set to extra points, 26-28.

Back at full strength after missing more than a month with a small fracture in his ankle, Salpointe senior standout Jimmy Gehrels led the team in kills with 23.

The state's second-most- efficient hitter, junior Ryan Callaghan, finished with 14.

Now 11-9 against teams outside of Tucson, up next for the Lancers is a trip north to take on No. 1 Phoenix Desert Vista (33-6-1) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

• Rincon/University, the only other local team to host a second-round match on Saturday, failed to put up much of a fight, losing 3-0 to No. 10 Gilbert Perry.

Uncharacteristic errors by an all-senior rotation cost the No. 7 Rangers throughout the match.

"We just didn't take care of the simple stuff that we needed to," Rincon coach Nic Thiltges said.

"If you don't react, play defense well or capitalize on opportunities, then Perry will take every point you give them."

The Rangers' last lead came at 11-10 in the first set.

Dropping the set 25-20, the Rangers failed to score more than 17 points in either game to follow.

• Catalina Foothills topped Mesa Westwood 3-0 in the first round Saturday.

Bringing a balanced attack for both matches, the No. 22 Falcons came up short in the second round, losing 3-1 to No. 6 Anthem Boulder Creek.

"We played well in the first half of the sets, exchanging points about halfway through," Foothills coach David Thistle said. "We just happened to be playing a very good team."

Andrew Adair and Keion Reilly finished both games one-two in kills.

Senior Matt Klewer ended the day with a combined 63 assists.

• Other local teams that lost in the first round Saturday were No. 13 Sahuaro, No. 16 Catalina, No. 18 Ironwood Ridge, No. 21 Desert View and No. 23 Cienega.

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