Girls Volleyball

Winning a fourth straight 5A-I volleyball title looked as though it would be a walk in the park for Xavier after t

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.