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Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

When the 13-5 CDO girls’ volleyball team lost to Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor in a Nov. 12 playoff game, it meant more than the end of another winning season.

It meant the end of an era, as boys and girls head coach Melva Lundy stepped down after 20 years at the helm of Dorado volleyball.

“Basically my program is in really good shape,” said Lundy of the decision’s timing. “Both the freshman and JV teams went 17-1, and the varsity team had six sophomores on it, so I’ll be leaving the new coach a lot of good athletes.”

Lundy’s CDO teams had 15 combined regional titles, and two boys’ state championships.

She could reminisce, but prefers to speak instead about her 2008 team, which she said, “is a special one.”

“(Seniors) Sarah Batterton and Stephanie Ziegler really made a big difference,” said Lundy. “They led the team in every statistic and were an inspiration to the younger kids.”

This team added to nearly two decades’ worth of CDO coaching memories.

“The two biggest highlights (of this season) were when we beat Salpointe in the Goldwater tournament, and coming back from being down two games to Cienega,” she said.

Although Lundy’s focus is on this season, she still remembers her first impression of Arizona volleyball from her first match in 1989.

“I had come from the Midwest, where the whole town went to games,” she recalled. “I was amazed that, here, there were not that many people at volleyball games.”

As Lundy and the Dorados began to win, things changed.

“As years went by, things got more exciting, and then there were more fans at the games,” Lundy said. Those fans saw some talented athletes, as four boys and 11 girls coached by Lundy at CDO have gone on to play NCAA Division 1 college volleyball.

“A smile, giving the kids positive confidence and getting them to believe in themselves,” are some of the coaching techniques Lundy believes have enabled her players to be successful.

Instilling good teamwork is another.

“Volleyball is the team-iest team sport you can play,” said Lundy. “It is imperative that (the players) can count on each other.”

It may be only natural that, during her long career, Lundy herself has come to count on the players as well.

“I will miss different athletes,” she said. “You spend so much time with them they become part of the family.”

Lundy says her family of CDO athletes has made an impression on her that will not be forgotten.

“I will always be a Dorado fan,” she said. “Of course.”

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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