Thatcher, Pima Volleyball move into semi-finals

Thatcher's Liv Lunt blocks at the net in a win at the state tournament. Photo by Macey McRae

PHOENIX — It was a great weekend of volleyball at the state tournament for Thatcher and Pima. Both teams were able to get through two rounds with relative ease to move into next weekend’s semi-finals.

Pima earned the #3 seed in the 2A playoffs and dispatched of #14 St. Augustine in straight sets on Saturday to start the day. Scores were 25-13, 25-14, 25-12. The Roughriders beat #6 Scottsdale Prep at 7pm Saturday night 3-1.

They will take on #2 Scottsdale Christian at noon on November 21st at McClintock High. SCA beat Phoenix Christian and Phoenix Country Day in straight sets to advanced to Saturday’s semi-finals. Pima and SCA played October 12th with the Eagles winning 3-0. It was also the last time Pima lost before starting their current 11 match winning streak.

Pima Setter Aubrie Sherwood sets up a hitter in a weekend win at the state tournament. Photo by Rachel Bryce

The winner will meet the winner of Trivium Prep and Chandler Prep in the 2A Championship.

Thatcher’s move up to 3A hasn’t slowed down their volleyball program. The #4 seeded Eagles will face #1 Northwest Christian on Saturday at 11am at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe.

Thatcher (13-3) beat #13 Tanque Verde 3-0 at 9am last Saturday before coming back at 5pm to beat #5 Arizona College Prep 3-0.

Northwest Christian beat Sabino and Empire in straight sets.

It will be the first meeting between Thatcher and Northwest Christian this season.

NWC is a perfect 15-0 this season and haven’t lost a set since October 6th. The Crusaders have won 14 of their 15 games 3-0.

Snowflake and Valley Christian will meet in the other 3A semi-final.