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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:00 am

The wild and crazy atmosphere of the boys’ volleyball game at Ironwood Ridge High School last Tuesday was surpassed only by the frenzied finish of the game itself, as the Mountain View Mountain Lions (4-0) defeated the Ironwood Ridge (5-6) Nighthawks in three of five sets — 21-25, 25-19, 29-27, 26-28 and 16-14 — that day.

“It was a lot tougher than we thought,” said Mountain View’s Scott Jenks, one of the area’s premier players.

Jenks led the way with 34 kills, while teammate Derrick Pollitt powered down 19 kills. James Norris added 55 assists.

Alexander Becker’s powerful flying serve resulted in three straight points for the Nighthawks, as they rallied to tie the fifth game at 14. But after a net block went out of bounds by the Nighthawks, the Mountain Lions grabbed the last two points to escape with the win.

“We needed to seize the opportunity,” said Ironwood Ridge coach Bill Lang. “Their experience helped them (finish).”

Becker served five aces and added 14 kills for the Nighthawks. Alec Sonderman added 16 kills. Josh Petersen added 25 assists.

“Becker is switching to outside hitter this year,” Lang said. “He’s only been playing volleyball for one year.”

Jordan Kelly served three points to help the Nighthawks open the first game with a 4-0 lead. The lead eventually went to 10-3, before Jenks’ power game at the net helped Mountain View close the gap before falling short, 25-21.

Jenks took over in the second game, and Norris served four points in a row for a 16-10 lea while en route to a 25-19 win for Mountain View.

The Mountain Lions seemed ready to take charge, but then Jenks began to tire and the Nighthawks started blocking and improving its defense at the net.

“When we got to sets three and four, we started touching it,” Lang said. “Before that, we weren’t getting to (Jenks’) shots. He’s a great player.”

In a match where Mountain View played the same six players with no substitutions, it might’ve taken a toll.

“I was getting tired from all the jumping,” Jenks said. “From this match, we learned how to win close matches.”

Mountain View coach Rick Ellis said that, despite the substitutions, his six-man unit kept going strong.

“We weren’t tired,” Ellis said. “We were used to it.”

Was Ellis surprised about the tight match?

“I knew it would be close. To get into and finish games is important,” he noted.

The Mountain Lions are beginning to make winning a habit. The team recently beat defending state champion, Catalina Foothills, three games to two. The key game was a grueling game four, as the Mountain Lions came away with a 43-41 win before ending the match with a 15-13 win in the fifth game.

So where does the loss leave Ironwood Ridge?

“We’re still a work in progress,” Lang said.

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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)

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Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

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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

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Boys Golf

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

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

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


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