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Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:06 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

After a three-game sweep of perennial power Salpointe Catholic last Wednesday, the Ironwood Ridge volleyball team won six of seven matches in a La Jolla, Calif., weekend tournament.

"We were able to play our reserves in more sets than I anticipated," coach Bill Lang said of the trip to California. "We were pleased with the play of everyone, especially the reserves in a tough tournament. We still have a lot of work to do before the state tournament," but "the players fought hard in every set, which is something we haven't seen yet."

In a match between the 5A Southern Region's top girls volleyball programs, Ironwood Ridge defeated Salpointe Catholic in three games Wednesday before a big, loud crowd on the Nighthawk campus.

Lang's squad used the all-around superlative play of Michaela Christiaansen and other contributions to beat the Lancers, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-22.

"We played steady, without too much emotion," Lang said after the triumph. He was pleased with the demeanor, because it would have been easy to get too excited, given the rivalry, a jumping house and the familiarity each squad has with the other. And, Lang pointed out, in the last four years, "the regional championship has gone through this match."

Christiaansen spiked from the back row, placed several jump serves, hit with power and recognized the proper play repeatedly. On consecutive rallies in a close first game, she "dinked" Chloe Heinemann sets rather than powering kills, giving the Nighthawks points and a 20-15 lead. Erin Hohenstein, solid at service all night, finished the first game with a long kill.

From an 11-11 tie in the second game, Ironwood Ridge senior Morgan Eaton, a 6-1 middle blocker, twice blocked for points, then leaped at the net to kill a too-long Salpointe return of serve. Heinemann tipped ably for a point, then found Eaton on the "slide," setting behind her head to the tall player looping away from the middle, then back toward the net on the right side. Meghan Finley stuffed 6-2 Lancer Catie Coyle, and the home squad had another 25-20 win.

When Christiaansen served Ironwood Ridge into a 9-4 third-game lead, Salpointe coach Amy Johnson called for time out. The Lancers responded with the match's longest rally, but the Nighthawks claimed the point. Salpointe came within two, 18-16, before Finley hit hard on a slide to fend off the youthful visitors.

Christiaansen, who had 17 kills, is "one of the top 12 players in Arizona," Lang said, "but she can't be effective if the other players are not involved." Ironwood Ridge is at its best when Finley, with five kills and six blocks; Eaton, with four kills and two blocks, and Hohenstein, who served three aces, are winning points with play at the net, he said. Heinemann had 27 assists in the match.

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HS Schedule

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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