Desert Speed School volleyball players and their high school teams are off to a strong start this fall season: Fresh off going 7-0 and winning the TUSD tournament, Tanque Verde volleyball (Jorydn Evans, Shelby Lansing, Sarah Jacobs) went 3-0 and won the Tanque Verde Invitational. Meanwhile, Pusch Ridge volleyball (Delaney McGehee) went 5-0 to win the Flowing Wells Invitational, defeating Mountain View (Destiny Pundt) in the championship round. Pusch Ridge is now 9-0 overall, setting up what should be a highly anticipated 3A matchup against Tanque Verde in early October.
Meanwhile, two-time defending state champion Salpointe (Jenna Johnson, Claire Dunn, Brandy Kishbaugh, Hiliana Mizner) has lost two key players to graduation, but has reloaded and is again looking very strong. The Lancers went undefeated in early-season play and then went 5-2 in the elite House of Payne Tournament in Phoenix. They appear to have reloaded and should be considered one of several contenders for the 4A title this season, according to The Arizona Daily Star.
(Photo credits: Andy Morales, AllSportsTucson; Jim Willittes, Maxpreps).