The Coconino Panthers beach volleyball notched a statement win on its belt Wednesday, winning two out of three matches that went to a third set on the way to beating Arcadia in the Valley.
Anna Wiseman and Elyce Palmer won their tiebreaker at No. 5 and fellow Panthers Sam Hampton and Maggy Popham came out as victors in their deciding set as the No. 4 pairing. Division II Coconino, ranked seventh entering the match at Indian School Park, bounced back from a 5-0 Monday loss to Millennium upon defeating ninth-ranked D-II Arcadia.
The Coconino fives opened with a tight 22-20 first-set win before dropping the second, 21-13. Wiseman and Palmer took the court on a 15-11 result in the third for the Panthers, who snapped the Titans' three-match win streak.
Hampton and Popham started off on a 21-14 loss and rallied back with a 21-18 second-set decision in their favor. The fours needed extra points to close it out, taking the matchup 17-15 in the tiebreaker.
The Panthers improved to 7-3 overall. They will wrap up the regular season with showdown for the Section Four title against crosstown rival Flagstaff today.
Megan Hicks and Mireya Cabrera dropped a marathon third set after forcing it with a 21-16 second-set win. The Coconino No. 2s saw their tiebreaker go to 22-20.
Coconino's No. 1s of Brooke Parker and Kenzie Palmer cruised to a 21-19, 21-17 win, with the No. 3 duo of Sophie Sinek and RiKenna Curtis coming away with the victory, 21-11, 21-17.
The crosstown meeting between the Panthers and Eagles is set for 1 p.m. start at Coconino High School.
Vincent Cortese birdied the last hole to complete a closing-round 74 on Sunday to finish the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Spring Conference Golf Championship in third place in the individual standings. His two-day total of 76-74 led his team to a second-place finish in the final team standings.
A total of 42 players from eight teams competed in the two-day, 36-hole tournament at the East Course of Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Cortese’s final round included one birdie and 13 pars over the 6,584-yard layout. His opening-round 76 included one birdie and 12 pars.
“The team did really well; overall very solid,” said the sophomore, who is attending college at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
On an individual basis Cortese said the key to his rounds was “just staying consistent.” He added: “I was able to hit approach shots on or near the green and then chip it close or two-putt.”
He led the field with 25 pars over the two-day event.
The Flagstaff native and former four-time school MVP and four-time Arizona state championship qualifier from Northland Prep finished his freshman year at Stevens as second-team all Empire 8 conference.
"Very proud of how our squad played this weekend” said Stevens head coach Charles Papendick. “It’s rewarding to see everyone’s commitment to improving is showing in our results. We look forward to more strong finishes in our final two events this spring."