Under the direction of a new coach Beth Haglin, the Flagstaff Eagles beach volleyball team cruised to a season-opening victory on Thursday, blanking the Willow Canyon Wildcats 5-0 in Glendale.
Despite not having spent much time on the sand due to the recent spell of colder, wintry weather, the Eagles dropped just one set during the Division I match at Victory Lane Complex.
Brooklyn Quick and Theresa Palacios paired up for a 2-0 victory, with a duo of juniors in Hutton Hagerman and Jasmine Berry also needing just two sets to start the season off with a win.
Haglin, the longtime indoor varsity head coach at Flagstaff High, becomes the third coach of the beach program, which is starting up its third year of existence.
Maile McSwain and Sofia Quintanilla won in straight sets.
Starting the season with five straight matches on the road, the Eagles take on the D-I Marcos de Niza Padres Wednesday at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. The match is set for 4 p.m.
The Eagles will not play in Flagstaff until March 26.
The Coconino Panthers, Flagstaff Eagles and Northland Prep Spartans baseball teams have been out of town getting work in at preseason tournaments.
The Panthers and Eagles both went to the Wayne Decombs Pre-Season West Side Invitational in Tolleson. After starting off with two losses on Thursday, Coconino beat the Millennium Tigers, 4-2, Friday. Flagstaff went 0-2, and results for its late Friday game were not available at press time.
The Spartans went 1-1 to start their preseason warmups at the Cougar Classic in Phoenix. Northland Prep opened with a 10-4 win Friday over the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes, scoring six runs in the second inning to take control of the game early. The Paradise Honors Panthers, who play in the Central Region of the 2A Conference along with the Spartans, handed Northland Prep an 8-5 loss Friday.
Coconino snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth inning to get their victory over Millennium. Luke Nelson and Bryce Wright each recorded one RBI in the victory.
The Northland Prep Spartans dropped their season opener to the Holbrook Roadrunners on Wednesday in Holbrook.
The 2A Spartans lost to the 3A Roadrunners, 12-2.
Northland Prep plays another 3A team when they take on the Page Sand Devils Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in Page.