Thanks to a full team effort and a stellar night from a senior, the Northland Prep Spartans volleyball team for the first time this season has won back-to-back matches.
Brynne Peterson recorded four blocks to go with eight kills and the 2A Conference Spartans rolled the 2A St. John Paul II Lions Tuesday at Northland Prep Academy.
The Spartans entered the night at No. 32 in the first set of the AIA power-point rankings released Tuesday, and Northland Prep (3-6, 2-2 Central Region) used the 3-0 sweep over the independent school to close out a two-match homestand with a clean record.
Rachel Hicks was a force on defense and got the offense flowing thanks to a solid night of serve-receive for the Spartans, who handed Lions a second straight loss, 25-15, 25-15, 25-8.
The Spartans return to playing Central Region opponents Thursday when they take on the hosting 33rd-ranked Camp Verde Cowboys, with the match set to get underway at 6 p.m.
EAGLES 3, BADGERS 1
Flagstaff volleyball entered the night at the very top of the first list of 4A power rankings and ended it with a victory in Flagstaff over the 17th-ranked Prescott Badgers in four sets, 25-20, 16-25, 25-9, 29-27.
Gracelyn Nez had 20 kills and nine digs, Shea Wilson added eight kills and the Eagles won Tuesday's meeting of Grand Canyon Region programs, handing the Badgers a second straight loss.
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Wilson found ways to terminate the ball with success throughout the match and kept the pressure on Prescott, including finishing up with five service aces and three blocks. Paetyn Nakai tallied 37 digs and contributed two aces for Flagstaff (7-0, 5-0 region).
Nez notched three aces, and Eagles setter Devynn Hatathlie registered a team-high 17 assists that was followed closely by teammate Bridget Bond's 16. Bond had eight digs, with Alyssa Prager getting six digs and two kills against Prescott (5-5, 2-4).
Flagstaff has a quick turnaround -- and a tough one, too -- as it is away for a match today against the undefeated Deer Valley Skyhawks, ranked No. 3, at 6 p.m.
The Coconino Panthers found themselves slotted at No. 13 in the first set of AIA power-point rankings Tuesday, coming off a statement Grand Canyon Region victory against the No. 26 Bradshaw Mountain Bears on the road to improve to 5-0 to start the season.
The Panthers this week have the No. 17-ranked Prescott Badgers at home for a 7 p.m. game, as Coconino holds the highest ranking of any Grand Canyon Region team to start off.
Meanwhile, after a dismal loss to region foe Mohave, the Flagstaff Eagles were placed at No. 34 in the rankings, the second-to-last Grand Canyon program in the rankings. The Mingus Union Marauders were ranked No. 44 out of 47 total ranked teams in the 4A Conference.
Page, a 3A team, was ranked No. 35 in the initial list.