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Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:20 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

On senior night at Mountain View High School last Wednesday, junior Scott Jenks shone like a blazing star, hitting 11 kills in leading the Mountain Lions volleyball team to victory over Sierra Vista Buena 25-18, 25-10, and 25-12.

"We wanted to play hard for the seniors," said Jenks, who's also the team captain. "In that first game, we had nervousness and jitters."

The Mountain Lions staggered out of the gate, losing the first six points and forcing coach Rick Ellis to call a time-out. Sierra Vista went on to increase the lead to 10-2.

"Senior night you always come a little slow," Ellis said. "Players try not to overstep the seniors."

But the play of Kyle Peppe, who served seven points in a row, helped Mountain View get back into it.

Stephan Wooten's spike tied the score at 13-13. The Mountain Lions went on a 7-3 run to take a 20-16 lead.

After a long rally, Wooten powered home the game-winning shot for a 25-18 win.

Game two was closely contested at 8-8 before Mountain View's front line took control of the net, keying an 8-0 run.

The front line's size and dominance showed in the team stats, as Mountain View had the advantage in kills, 34-5, and in blocks, 14-1.

In the second game, Jenks couldn't stop scoring points, and the lead shot up to 20-10.

"Scottie took over," Ellis said. "The setter (Chris Darris) put him into position."

Darris has been the setter the Lions missed earlier in the year, particularly in a loss to mighty Salpointe. Darris finished the night with 29 assists, a very good total for three games.

By game three, there was no drama left for the Mountain Lions.

This time, they avoided the slow start, and opened up a 14-7 lead. Jenks served six points in a row to give the home team a 22-8 lead, before Peppe served it out.

"In the second and third games we stepped it up," Jenks said. "We're ready for the playoffs.

"We have our center back. We're more lethal now."

Lethal enough to win 10 out of 11 matches down the stretch. That one loss was to Salpointe. The Salpointe Lancers are the top-seeded Arizona school in 5A-play.

"Having Chris Darris back helps," Ellis said. "The regionals will allow us to play Salpointe with our whole roster."

"We feel good because we're healthy and we're big."

The Mountain Lions ended their regular season on Friday with a make-up match, which they lost to Catalina Foothills. Foothills is the top-seeded school in 4A.

Regionals take place this week, while state begins the week of May 9. Mountain View hopes to host its first state match. "We've never hosted a state game before," Ellis said.

What are their chances at state?

"When we pass well, we do good," Ellis said. "We have a good passing team."

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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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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