Flag High Volleyball

Flagstaff’s Gracelyn Nez (15) attacks the Marcos de Niza defense Tuesday night during a home match in the War Memorial Gymnasium.

The Flagstaff Eagles are cruising in the Grand Canyon Region.

Gracelyn Nez had nine kills and two blocks, Alyssa Prager added eight kills and as many rejections as her teammate, and the 4A Conference Eagles blanked the Mohave Thunderbirds in Bullhead City, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, notching a fourth straight shutout in the process.

Nez also had 10 digs for the No. 3-ranked Eagles, who completed the regular-season sweep of the No. 38 Thunderbirds. Flagstaff pushed Mohave's losing streak to six consecutive matches.

Eagles setter Devynn Hatathlie finished with 15 assists, and fellow setter Bridget Bond added 11 assists, four digs, three kills and two blocks. Shea Wilson tallied four kills and six digs for Flagstaff (12-1, 8-0 Grand Canyon). Flagstaff, meanwhile, increased its win streak to four straight, with three coming against region opponents.

Eagles libero Paetyn Nakai helped keep the offense flowing with good passing and had 18 digs. She was also a force on the other side of the serve, finishing with three aces.

Flagstaff hosts the Lee Williams Volunteers as region play continues, with first serve set for 6 p.m. today.


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Mia Blair and Ellie Karren combined for seven goals, and the 2A Northland Prep Spartans routed the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets, 9-2, on Monday, closing out a three-match homestand with the victory at Sinagua Middle School.

“We scored nine on a strong defensive team, so that was good. We need to do a better job defensively of finding ways out of pressure quicker and earlier,” Spartans co-head coach Michael Blair said.

Top-ranked Northland Prep (9-0, 3-0 Central Region) has only allowed two regular-season opponents to score on it so far this season, with the other team being second-ranked Chino Valley.

Mia Blair finished with four goals on five shot attempts and had two assists along with Karren and Ginger Blodgett.

Ellis Troutman scored a goal from 35 yards out while other scoring occurred in the box. Astrid Bell added a goal for Northland Prep, which took a 4-0 lead into Monday's halftime.

Spartans goalkeeper Payten Schmidt finished with four saves.

Northland Prep has just three regular-season matches -- one of which is at home -- remaining on its schedule, starting with an away contest against Round Valley on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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