The Flagstaff Eagles volleyball team has been working on consistency early in the season, and it showed particularly at the service line on Tuesday.

Oniyah Shirley recorded five of her team's 15 aces, Alyssa Prager put up six blocks and the 4A Conference Eagles swept the 4A Mohave Thunderbirds, 25-7, 25-8, 25-13 at Flagstaff High School, improving to 3-0 while snapping their opponent's two-match win streak.

Shirley notched a kill off the block and then went to the service line, where she collected all of her aces during a second-set 10-0 run that also featured four Mohave hitting errors. Meagan McFerson tallied three straight aces at the end of the second, helping Flagstaff reach match point.

The Thunderbirds dropped the second game on a hitting error, and Flagstaff never trailed in taking the 2-0 match lead. 

Flagstaff was serving tough and in all night Tuesday.

"We had been serving tough and out, missing a lot of serves, and so we've been focusing on serve, serve-receive a lot," Eagles head coach Beth Haglin said. "Every single day we work on serve-receive, and showing them that there are opportunities that you have to get your serve in and times when you have to serve tough but in."

Gracelyn Nez had a team-high nine kills for the Eagles, who have now swept their first two Grand Canyon Region opponents of the season. Paetyn Nakai registered 18 digs for the victors, with Cassidy Berry adding eight and Shea Wilson providing six digs and as many kills.

Bridget Bond had seven assists and her back-to-back aces in the third set gave Flagstaff a 13-3 lead. Mohave cut the deficit to five, but Wilson's kill sparked a 6-0 run Flagstaff used to pull away. During the surge, Prager rejected a Thunderbirds attacker and won on the defender's overpass for a 18-10 lead.

Bond served two straight aces to close the match. Devynn Hatathlie had 16 assists and seven digs for the Eagles, who won the opening stanza when Hatathlie set Bond for a kill.

"We did a lot of hitting on Monday, and just getting our setters some reps tonight, and we will do the same thing we did here tonight on Thursday," Haglin said.

Flagstaff is on the road Thursday for a region matchup against Lee Williams at 6 p.m.


Northland Prep suffered a five-set heartbreaker Tuesday at home against Central Region opponent Scottsdale Prep, 20-25, 25-13, 25-11, 23-25, 15-7.

Ana Nicol recorded 21 assists, 10 digs and three blocks and Maggie Auaza added 13 kills and 17 digs for the 2A Spartans, who according to head coach Lacey Ebersole had to play with a lot of determination to take the match to five sets against 5-1 Scottsdale Prep

Northland Prep (1-4, 1-1 Central Region) is on the road Thursday to take on the Valley Lutheran Flames.


The 2A Northland Prep Spartans battled through a back-and-forth overtime contest against the 2A Payson Longhorns to win, 4-3, Tuesday at Sinagua Middle School.

Payson opened the scoring midway through the first half, but Northland Prep's Bryce Twidwell tied it up two minutes after with a shot from 30 yards out. Northland Prep (2-2, 0-1 Central Region) then took the lead with a goal from Kenzy Rolley off an assist from Jadon Stuart.

Payson (0-4) answered and took a 3-2 lead into halftime.

Kenzy Rolley scored three minutes into the second half to tie the game at 3-3 and completed his hat trick two minutes into extra time. Connor Barta played a great game in goal with lots of crucial saves for the Spartans.

Northland Prep is on the road Friday to take on the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets.


The Northland Prep girls soccer team got its fourth regular-season shutout of the year, beating St. Johns 8-0 on the road. The Spartans stayed perfect at 4-0 overall with the win. 

Ellie Karren dominated on offense, scoring five times on nine shots on goal. Karren added one assist to her dominant day. Mia Blair had two assists and two goals and Sydney Sventek added one goal and three assists.

Ten minutes into the second half, Spartans goalkeeper Payten Schmidt saved a ball that came loose and defender Jayden Dvorak played the ball away just as it was crossing the goal line to preserve the shutout.

Schmidt had seven saves as she registered another shutout to add to her strong season in the net.

The Spartans will face the Snowflake Lobos next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Snowflake High School.


Mia Hall won her first-ever varsity race, teammates Anna Harmon and Allie Thurgood added finishes in the top five and the Flagstaff Eagles girls cross country team won the Ray Wherley Invitational Saturday at Embry-Riddle in Prescott.

Hall, a freshman who is just two races deep into her career with the Eagles, clocked a 19:33.17 on the 5,000-meter course, and Flagstaff recorded the low score of 68. Harmon provided the 1-2 punch, taking silver in 20:28.55, with Thurgood finishing fourth overall in 20:40.70 for a new PR as she makes the move from track and field to cross country in her junior year.

Brooke Golightly and Katrina Vollmer finished 11th and 12th, respectively, for Division II Flagstaff, which will play host this weekend at the annual Four Corners meet.

Xavier College Preparatory was second on the girls side with 90 points.

Meanwhile, the D-IV Northland Prep Spartans boys crew came in fourth as a team at Ray Wherley, led by a first-place finish from Brandon Bounds in 17:20.31. The Spartans scored 223 points.

Malakai Hanson crossed the finish line in 18:12.76 for a 12th-place result for Northland Prep, which is also slated to compete at Buffalo Park Saturday morning.

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The Daily Sun Sports Staff contributed to this roundup.


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