State volleyball championship: Catalina wins second straight

2011-05-14T20:00:00Z State volleyball championship: Catalina wins second straightBy Daniel Berk, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2011 8:00 pm  • 

Heather Moore-Martin didn't want her Catalina volleyball team to just win a state championship Saturday afternoon. She wanted it to dominate.

The Trojans didn't drop a set to a team from Arizona all regular season and Moore-Martin wanted to send her eight seniors out on the right note.

Consider it done.

Second seeded Catalina beat No. 1 Catalina Foothills in straight sets (25-22, 25-12, 25-13) at Amphitheater to claim its second straight 2A-4A state championship.

"We wanted to leave a mark on Tucson volleyball and I feel like we've really done that," Moore-Martin said. "We've dominated all season."

It took the Trojans a little time to establish that authority Saturday. Foothills kept the match close in the opening set, knotting the score at 22-all.

Catalina earned the final three points of the setand never looked back.

The Trojans opened the second set on a 13-4 run and won the set by 13 points. The third was more of the same with The Trojans using a 12-4 run to win the the set, 25-13.

"Even though most of us have played for a state championship before, we definitely had some nerves early on," said senior Ryan Graham, who had nine kills. "We just had to get them out and start playing our game."

Foothills coach David Thistle, who saw his team lose to the Trojans for the third time this season, said it was important to limit Catalina's runs. The Falcons were able to do that in the first set, but not the final two.

"They're really, really good and they turned it on," Thistle said. "It looked like it was tough for us to find energy in the second and third."

Tyler Foo led the Falcons with eight kills and nine digs.

The Trojans finished the season with a 29-2 mark. Over the last two seasons, they are 52-5with a pair of state titles.

Their only two losses this year came to a pair of schools from California in a mid-season tournament.

"It's sweeter the second time," said senior Josh DeYoung, who finished with 11 kills and eight blocks. "There's a lot of relief off our shoulders. It was almost like we had to win."

And they did.




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