It is hard to imagine when teams play 40 matches in the same conference that they did not meet at least once during the season.
That was the case with perennial 5A-I contender Desert Vista and on-coming Desert Ridge Thursday night in the state girls volleyball quarterfinals.
Desert Vista was not a region champ, but paid its dues in the Fiesta Region with the likes of state tournament qualifiers Xavier, Hamilton and Red Mountain. That experience and an adjustment midway through the match helped in rallying from two games down as the No. 4 seeded Thunder recorded a 24-26, 19-25, 25-12, 25-18, 15-12 win over the No. 12 Jaguars.
Skyline High football has endured a miserable year. Its 0-10 record tells that story.
With one game left in the 2010 season, the Coyotes hope to salve the wound of a winless season and its past 17 overall. That final chance comes Friday night at home against Casa Grande, who like Skyline, was winless until the Cougars took home a 21-19 win over Alhambra last week.
State swimming and diving championships. All at one site. All the same day. And forgive the pun, but the competition is not watered down.
With state meets now consolidated into two for boys and girls (Division I and Division II) down from five in recent years, the race for individual titles will be as keen as it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s been in a long, long time.
Basha did what others haven\\\'t in the past fiive years. The Bears handed Corona del Sol a 5A-I first-round state girls volleyball tournament defeat, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Aztecs, 25-27, 25-21, 12-25, 25-14, 15-6 at Basha High.
Xavier begins its bid for a fourth straight 5A-I state girls volleyball championship Tuesday night with a revamped lineup that has continued to win although more laboriously than earlier in the season.
The Desert Ridge girls volleyball team wanted nothing better than to keep the momentum of the last couple seasons going Tuesday night as the 2010 regular season winds to a close.
For the Jaguars that means trying to qualify for the state tournament for the third year in a row.