All three of the area boys volleyball teams were eliminated in the first weekend of the state playoffs, with only one team, Ironwood Ridge, advancing to the second round.
The Nighthawks won their opening round match at Hamilton High School in Chandler at the expense of another local team, as they beat Catalina Foothills in three sets.
Ironwood Ridge was impressive in the first set, cruising to a 25-13 win. Although they would take the next two sets, neither was nearly as easy. Both teams fought back and forth, but eventually the Nighthawks made enough plays to escape with a 26-24 win.
The third set was equally tough, but again the Nighthawks made the plays and won 25-22 to advance against host Hamilton.
Michael Neufeldt led the Nighthawks with 10 kills and five aces. Matt Solverson had 29 assists, while Shane McAdams led the team with five blocks and also added seven kills.
Andrew Adair led the Falcons with eight kills.
The Huskies were not hospitable and cruised to a fairly easy 3-0 win over the Nighthawks. Hamilton held Ironwood Ridge to 15 points or less in all three sets.
Ironwood Ridge finishes the season with a 21-15 record.
Marana traveled to Mesa Mountain View for an opening round match against Chandler High School but fell 3-0 and were eliminated.
Chandler opened up in impressive fashion, winning the first two sets 25-12 and 25-14. The Tigers were a bit stronger in the third set, but the Wolves were still in control at the end and took the set and match 25-19.
Jake Oldham led the Tigers with 12 kills and two blocks, while senior Dallin Miller had 12 digs in his final game as a Tiger. Chandler Brown had all 22 of the team’s assists.
The Tigers fell to 19-14 overall.