Rincon wins TUSD Girls Volleyball Invitationalby Andy Morales on Sep. 01, 2012, under Sports
August 31-September 1: Palo Verde High School
Rincon/University High went 7-0 to capture the 2012 TUSD Girls Volleyball Invitational Tournament held at Palo Verde.
Rincon/UHS started pool play out with a few close games against Amphi and Tucson on Friday but they ended with an undefeated record in their pool. They faced a tough Canyon del Oro team in their first match in bracket play Saturday afternoon and came away with a come-from-behind win to advance to the semifinal round.
Catalina Foothills (4-2) needed three sets (25-17, 24-26, 15-12) to defeat Cienega (4-1) for a chance to play Rincon/UHS in the semifinal. Rincon lost the first game of the match 14-25 but battled back to win the next two 25-22 and 15-12 to win the game.
Sabino (6-1) defeated Tucson (3-2) and Sahuaro (4-2) to make it to the championship game against Rincon/UHS. Sahuaro was tested by Catalina (4-1) in the first round of bracket play and had to go to three games to advance.
Catalina had several chances to win the third game but lost it 19-17.
Rincon/UHS went on to defeat Sabino in two sets (27-26, 25-15) to win the championship.
Rincon/UHS built a 17-12 lead in the first game and then took it to 23-18 before Sabino went on a 6 to 0 run to take the lead at 24-23. Taylor Reiter scored twice to help Rincon/UHS go up 25-24 but Sabino tied it moments later.
Sabino served long to go down one point again but they tied it back up at 26-26 only to lose the game on a net serve. The first two games were capped at 27.
Rincon/UHS went on to take a 20-12 lead in the deciding game before going on to win it 25-15 with Reiter scoring the last two points. Rincon/UHS collected 42 digs in the match to negate the Sabino attack.
Ranger coach Alysha Ramirez agreed that a key part of her run was the play of her back row. “I told my coaches that Nadia (Schutt) and Marghi (Demer) were two of the best defenders in this tournament,” said Ramirez.
Schutt finished with 13 digs and Demer had 10. Also huge in that category was Frances Giedraitis with 11. Reiter collected 12 kills in the match but had only two blocks to her credit. It was not much of a concern for her due to the play of her back row.
“I know they have my back if I can’t get to the block,” she explained. “I just knew they would get it.”
Not only would the back row negate Sabino’s attack, they were also responsible for passing the ball to first-year junior setter Brooke D-Amore Bradley who turned them into 25 assists.
Bradley moved over to the setter position with the graduation of Molly Ragan and Ramirez saw growth between Bradley and Reiter during this tournament.
“Brooke and Taylor started to connect and they started to click,” said Ramirez. “We have a well-rounded offense and Brooke is starting to hit her sets.”
Reiter agrees with Ramirez’s assessment and felt that the team was working together. “Everyone has been a part of our success and we have been working together like I haven’t seen before,” she said.
For her part, Bradley also gave credit to the back row for giving her great passes and is more comfortable in her new role.
“I’m starting to click with Taylor and the outsides (hitters) are great also,” she explained. “All of us hang out together and we are great friends so it’s been really fun.”
Bradley is a cousin in the athletic D’Amore family.
Kate E. Culberson had 8 kills for Sabino and Courtney Spalt had 17 assists. Kirstin Fink, Carrisa Henning and Kenza Cobrough had 6 digs each for the Sabercats.
Buena defeated Marana to capture the consolation championship.
Friday, August 31
Tucson over Pueblo (25-7, 25-10)
Rincon over Amphi (25-11, 26-24)
Foothills over Santa Rita (25-6, 25-8)
Catalina over Buena (25-7, 25-15)
Amphi over Rio Rico (25-6, 25-18)
Rincon over Tucson (25-23, 25-17)
Buena over Douglas (25-14, 25-16)
Catalina over Foothills (25-23, 25-18)
CDO over Palo Verde (23-6, 25-9)
Sabino over Cholla (25-21, 25-12, 15-12)
Sahuaro over Marana (25-14, 25-18)
Cienega over Flowing Wells (25-10, 25-8)
Rincon over Rio Rico (25-13, 25-17)
Amphi over Pueblo (25-12, 25-14)
Catalina over Douglas (25-11, 25-14)
Buena over Santa Rita (25-11, 26-27, 15-5)
Sabino over Sunnyside (25-22, 25-13)
Cholla over Palo Verde (25-21, 25-21)
Cienega over Desert View (25-9, 25-7)
Marana over Flowing Wells (25-20, 25-17)
Sabino over Palo Verde (25-14, 25-13)
CDO vs. Sunnyside (25-9, 25-8)
Cienega over Marana (23-25, 25-15, 15-10)
Sahuaro over Desert View
Saturday, September 1
Tucson over Amphi (25-22, 25-19)
Rio Rico over Pueblo (25-21, 25-14)
Foothills over Buena (25-7, 25-13)
Douglas over Santa Rita (25-19, 25-22)
CDO vs. Cholla (25-4, 25-12)
Palo Verde over Sunnyside (16-25, 25-20, 16-14)
Sahuaro over Flowing Wells (25-11, 25-22)
Marana over Desert View (25-12, 25-8)
Rincon over Pueblo (25-5, 25-18)
Tucson over Rio Rico (25-12, 25-17)
Catalina over Santa Rita (25-10, 25-9)
Foothills over Douglas (25-14, 25-11)
Cholla over Sunnyside (25-19, 25-13)
Sabino over CDO (26-24, 25-21)
Flowing Wells over Desert View (25-19, 25-19)
Cienega over Sahuaro (25-10, 16-25, 15-13)
Saturday, September 1
Palo Verde over Desert View (25-19, 25-8)
Rio Rico over Douglas (27-25, 25-15)
Pueblo over Santa Rita (27-26, 26-24, 15-6)
Flowing Wells over Sunnyside (25-27, 25-18, 15-11)
Amphi over Palo Verde (25-9, 25-11)
Marana over Rio Rico (25-19, 25-13)
Cholla over Pueblo (25-12, 16-25, 15-9)
Buena over Flowing Wells (25-22, 25-19)
Marana over Amphi (25-15, 25-20)
Buena over Cholla (25-11, 25-14)
Buena over Marana (Consolation Championship)
Rincon over CDO (26-24, 25-18)
Foothills over Cienega (25-17, 24-26, 15-12)
Sabino over Tucson (25-17, 26-24)
Sahuaro over Catalina (25-14, 21-25, 19-17)
Rincon over Foothills (14-25, 25-22, 15-12)
Sabino over Sahuaro (25-16, 25-11)
Rincon over Sabino (27-26, 25-15: Championship)