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Athlete of the week: Briana Hughes

Nighthawk junior showing early signs of spike, spark

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Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Why put off till tomorrow what you can spike today?

One week into her first shift as starter, Ironwood Ridge middle blocker Briana Hughes has already strung together 21 kills, between two volleyball matches against Sunrise Mountain and Catalina Foothills.

Yet unlike the ball, the junior keeps modesty on her side of the net.

“I have a lot ahead of me to work on,” Hughes chuckled.

Teammates are amazed at the way Hughes caught fire during the past week. And while Hughes’ position doesn’t typically break the scoring records, she’s set on adding her name to the storied Nighthawk volleyball record book.

“I want to break the match record,” Hughes said, of the current 24-kill watermark. “That’s my main (personal) goal.”

Hughes eagerly admits an interest to earn a University of Arizona scholarship. The news should please Nighthawks coach Bill Lang, who shies from pushing his team to market themselves collegiately until they’re ready.

“We’re hoping she will play, because she could be something really special,” Lang said.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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