Both Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro advanced to the state girls volleyball semi-finals in their respective divisions, but both clubs fell on the road in the Phoenix area.
Ironwood Ridge was eliminated in by Centennial 3-1.
The Coyotes won the first set 25-22. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Ironwood Ridge tied things up at 5. Centennial took the momentum back by scoring 5 of the next 6 points. The Nighthawks got within 1 at 20-19, but was not able to tie or take the lead, giving up 3 of the next 4.
The second set was all Centennial as they cruised 25-16.
With their backs against the wall Ironwood Ridge kept fighting. The Nighthawks took an early lead and fended off a number of Coyote rallies, finally ending the match by scoring three of the final four points.
The momentum did not last. Ironwood Ridge jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but Centennial soon tied it at five and then went on an 11-3 run to take control of the set and eventually winning 25-18.
“I’d rather lose in the semi-finals with this group, than win a trophy with most other teams,” Ironwood Ridge Head Coach Bill Lang told his team following the game according to the team’s twitter feed.
Ironwood Ridge finished 22-19 overall and 15-5 in regular and postseason games.
CDO played tough, but saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Greenway.
All three games were close.
Greenway jumped out to a 25-18 first set win, the biggest margin of any of the sets. The next two came down to the wire, but the Demons had just a little bit too much firepower and took the last two sets 25-22 and 25-23.
The Dorados earned the No. 8 seed in the tournament, but upset No. 2 Cactus Shadows to qualify for the semi-finals. CDO finishes the season 25-14 overall and 15-5 in regular and postseason games.
Two area teams qualified for the Davison II Boys State Cross Country Championships.