Five of the six girls volleyball programs in northwest Tucson qualified for at least the play-in round of their respective division’s playoffs, with several advancing to the first round from there.
In 5A, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks earned the seventh seed in the 16-team bracket after winning the 5A Southern region title.
Marana won its play-in match against Aqua Fria on Halloween, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19, to advance to the first round, where earned the 13th seed.
The Tigers played fourth seed, Centennial, after deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 5, while the Nighthawks hosted 10th seed Notre Dame Prep.
In 4A, both the Canyon del Oro Dorados and Catalina Foothills Falcons won their play-in round matches on Halloween. The Dorados earned the 13th seed in the round, beating Marcos de Niza in five sets, while the Falcons beat 16-seed Combs in straight sets.
The Dorados and Falcons played their first-round matches after deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 5. CDO played fourth seed Greenway, while the Falcons competed against second seeded Estrella Foothills.
In 3A, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions played in the play-in round after deadline on Tuesday, facing 11th seed Monument Valley.
Both Ironwood Ridge and Marana will likely head to Phoenix if they win their first-round matches, with the Nighthawks playing the winner of Cactus Shadows and Ironwood while the Tigers would tangle with the winner of the Sunrise Mountain-Cienega match.
In 4A, CDO will face the winner of Salpointe Catholic-Youngker if they defeat Greenway. The Dorados will hit the road regardless of their opponent.
The Falcons will play the winner of the Seton Catholic Prep-Lee Williams match in the 4A second round if they beat Estrella Foothills.
All 5A and 4A second round matches are to be held Thursday, Nov. 7, taking place at the higher seeded team’s gymnasium.
In 3A, the Lions will likely play the top-seeded team if they were to upset Monument Valley in the division’s opening round. That match would be held at Camelback High School in Phoenix on Friday, Nov. 8.
For more information on the AIA girls volleyball state tournaments, go to the association’s website at azpreps365.com.