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Lancers defeat Lions to win 5A South tourney

Citizen Staff Writer



Salpointe Catholic High School boys volleyball coach Amy Johnson likes how her team has been playing down the stretch.

Salpointe defeated Mountain View 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-12) Thursday to capture the Class 5A Southern Region tournament championship.

“We’re right where we need to be,” Johnson said. “There are a couple of adjustments we’ll make depending on who we’ll play next week (in the state tournament).”

Salpointe will host a first-round match Monday in the Class 5A/4A Division I state tournament. That opponent has not yet been determined as tournament brackets are not expected to be released until Friday by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

The Lancers endured ups and downs, especially in the second game, before getting on track.

Mountain View led 11-7 in Game 2 before Salpointe mounted a comeback.

“We were much more consistent in the second game. I yelled at them a little bit,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if that fired them up or what. . . . We need to be more consistent in everything.”

Salpointe got 14 kills from Alex Chavez and 29 assists from Pat Tunnell. Franc Smith contributed 16 digs.

Mountain View got 11 assists from Kris Darris and four kills from Richie Hamm.

Kino championship

At Palo Verde, No. 1 seed Sahuaro beat Rincon/University 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-12).

Sonoran championship

Top seed Catalina Foothills swept Ironwood Ridge 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21).

Gila championship

Catalina, the region’s top seed, beat Amphi 3-0 for the Gila tournament championship.

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