Stepping closer to the Grand Canyon Region title, the No. 5 Flagstaff Eagles put up season-high numbers and swept the No. 14 Prescott Badgers on the road Tuesday night, 25-16, 25-16, 15-19.
The straight-set victory leaves the Eagles (13-3, 11-0 Grand Canyon) needing a season sweep of the rival No. 9 Coconino Panthers (13-3, 10-1) to lock up the region title.
On the way to completing the season sweep of the Badgers, who came into the match trying to make sure they locked up a spot in the playoffs, Flagstaff's Lydia Miller recorded 16 kills and six blocks, with teammate Brooklyn Quick notching a double-double at 41 assists and 13 digs. It was the highest number of sets Quick tallied in a three-set win this season.
Tara Brain also got into double-digit kills with 10 for the Eagles, who won their fourth straight. Miller, coming off a 23-kill performance against Bradshaw Mountain that set a season high, was a force up front, tallying a season-best six blocks. She also had six digs against the defending region champions.
Theresa Palacios was among the Eagles reaching new heights Tuesday. The middle blocker finished her night with nine blocks for a season high. Madeline Wilson added seven kills and Reece Honanie put down five.
Flagstaff hosts Wednesday's crosstown rivalry match that is for all the marbles at 6 p.m.
SEDONA RED ROCK 3, NORTHLAND PREP 1
Looking to move up the 2A Conference rankings ahead of Thursday's potential state tournament play-in match, the Northland Prep Spartans (11-6, 5-5 Central) fell in four sets to their region rival.
Sitting at No. 18 entering the night, the Spartans likely will remain inside the top 24, the cutoff for the set of play-in matches. Schools seeded No. 9 to 16 will host the No. 17- to No. 24-ranked schools, with winners advancing to the 16-team state tournament.
After falling to the No. 14 Scorpions in five sets at home two and a half weeks ago, the Spartans lost in four sets Tuesday night. After a close battle in the opener, 25-22, Sedona cruised to a 2-0 lead 25-14.
Northland Prep answered back with a 25-16 third-set victory aided by an 8-1 run before falling 25-22 again in the fourth and final set.
With the No. 14 seed hosting the No. 19 on Thursday, the two sides could be in position to repeat Tuesday's match if the Spartans slip a spot in the state rankings Wednesday morning.