During the regular season, Shadow Ridge’s boys volleyball team was swept by its closest Northwest Division rivals, Palo Verde and Arbor View. But it was a season-ending loss to first-place Palo Verde that instilled belief into the Mustangs, just in time for the postseason.
Shadow Ridge coach Travis Underwood said he believed it was last week’s five-set loss to the Panthers that triggered a four-set win over Bonanza in the quarterfinals of the Division I Sunset Region tournament Tuesday at Legacy.
“That was the turning point for us,” Underwood said. “Defensively we knew that’s where things are going to start, if we can take care of the ball defensively, put the ball on their side and let them make mistakes.”
The Mustangs, seeded third out of the Northwest League, defeated Southwest No. 2 Bonanza 25-14, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20 to advance to the semifinal round at 7 p.m. Thursday at Las Vegas High, where they will face Northwest top-seeded Palo Verde for a third time this season.
Shadow Ridge’s Quinn Peterson finished with 30 kills, but it was the junior’s presence on what seemed like every crucial play that sparked the Mustangs. During the first set, Peterson culminated a 16-4 run with eight straight service points to help Shadow Ridge go up 1-0.
With Bonanza hanging around in the third set, the 6-foot-4-inch outside hitter sent the crowd into a frenzy with a monster spike after teammate Carter Johnson’s diving save. After the Bengals closed the gap to 24-21, it was no surprise Peterson shut the rally down with a kill to end the third set.
“That’s what we’re taught in the program, is to step up in the program and play volleyball when you need to; to step up and do what you need to do when it’s time,” Peterson said.
The fourth set was a balanced effort, as the Mustangs erased an 8-3 lead, pulled ahead 13-12 and kept the Bengals at arm’s length the rest of the way.
A.J. Makaiwi finished with 45 assists and 45 digs, and Johnson had 21 digs and eight kills.
Kellen Layne led Bonanza with 13 kills and 10 digs. Andrew Jensen (12 kills, 11 digs) and Josh Lee (34 assists, six digs) also had strong matches for the Bengals.
■ Palo Verde 3, Bishop Gorman 1 — Andrew Weston had 41 assists, and Brigham Clawson added 15 kills to power the Panthers past the Gaels 25-12, 25-12, 26-24, 25-17. Ryan Nielson added 13 digs, and Greg Kinney had 12 kills for the Panthers.
Chris Shea led the Gaels with 18 kills and three aces, and teammate Tony Pitaro had 12 kills and a block.
■ Arbor View 3, Centennial 0 — The Aggies defeated Centennial 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 to move into the semifinals.
Arbor View’s 6-foot Darrell Swanson overpowered the Bulldogs at the net and with his serve. Swanson led the Aggies with 12 kills, eight digs and three service aces. Chris Heron had 33 assists, and Peter Peck had 15 digs for Arbor View.
Tanner Durkin’s eight kills led the Bulldogs.
■ Legacy 3, Sierra Vista 0 — The top-seeded Longhorns rode the play of Tanner Compton and Braden Liu to defeat Northwest No. 4 seed Sierra Vista 25-19, 25-11, 25-16.
Compton had 11 kills, five blocks and six digs, and Liu had 34 assists, four digs and two aces. Also contributing for Legacy were Jonah Tarlton (six digs, five blocks) and Zaire Franklin (10 kills, three digs).
Julius Sison had 17 assists and Clyde Balagtas nine kills for the Mountain Lions.
Valley’s boys volleyball team turned to its heavy hitter after falling 25-20 in their first match in the Sunrise Region tournament at Las Vegas High.
Senior Jack Heavey rallied his team to win the next three matches 25-20, 26-24 and 25-15 to defeat Basic.
Heavey finished with 26 kills, eight digs and an ace. He recorded three consecutive kills in the second set to give the Vikings a 7-6 advantage after falling behind 6-3. He finished the Wolves off in the second set with another kill.
The Vikings will face Coronado, the top seed out of the Sunrise Region’s Southeast League, in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday at Las Vegas High.
“He’s our big hitter, no question about that,” Valley coach Matt Porter said. “He got us some big points. He’s out go-to guy, and he really did a great job today.”
Senior Micco Carinaud impressed Porter with his hustle, especially in the decisive fourth match.
“Micco stepped up and gave us a big lift with his play,” Porter said. “He made some blocks and some big hustle plays,”
Despite having more experience, the Vikings struggled in the first set as the Wolves led the entire way. In the third set, the Vikings rallied from a four-point deficit late in the match to take a 2-1 lead.
“We definitely make it interesting,” Porter said. “Basic played really hard, so you have to give them credit. We were resilient and able to fight back in that third game when things were not looking good. That’s what we want to do, battle in those situations and get a win.”
Senior Matthew Ballaro had 12 kills, eight digs and three blocks for the Vikings. Junior Alex Sandoval had 47 assists and 18 digs, senior Zack Ross had seven kills, and senior David Delaney had 20 digs and two aces.
Senior Joaquin Pequeno led the Wolves with four blocks and 10 kills. Senior Calvin Knuppel had three blocks and seven kills, and Austin Delacarrera had four blocks for the Wolves.
■ Coronado 3, Silverado 0 — At Las Vegas, the Cougars defeated the Skyhawks 26-24, 25-16, 25-10.
Blake Evans led the Cougars with 10 kills and three blocks. Travis Bowman had nine kills, one ace and two digs, Logan Dickover had 37 assists, five digs and two blocks, Dallin Bryan had nine kills and one ace and Samuel Cox had 16 digs.
The high point of the match was when Coronado’s Michael Tatalovich, a survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma, took the floor and served the final four points, including an ace, to ice the match for the Cougars.
Austin Hunt had 13 kills to lead the Skyhawks. Travis Houston had 13 digs and Cody Steckel 18 assists.
■ Las Vegas 3, Eldorado 0 — At Las Vegas, the Wildcats made quick work of the Sundevils in a 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 win.
Senior T.J. Esporas led the Wildcats with 14 kills, eight digs and two blocks. Senior Chris Kampshoff had 10 kills, senior Shayne Marquez posted 36 assists and six digs, and senior Guillermo Gonzalez had eight kills and three blocks.
The Wildcats will host the Foothill Falcons at 5:20 p.m. Thursday.
Junior Dakota Shults led the Sundevils with 13 kills, and Michael Thomas had 16 assists.
■ Foothill 3, Green Valley 1 —Senior outside hitter Trevor Robison had 15 kills, two aces and 13 digs in a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory over the Gators.
“It’s nice to get a win,” Foothill coach Chris Sisson said. “It’s been a long process this season of developing our youth. It is good to be able to take that youth, develop it and still win. The boys stepped up in big ways today.”
Junior Colin Curi added 16 kills for Foothill, and junior Weston Lott recorded 11 kills and two blocks. Senior setter Taeg Williams had 49 assists and nine digs, and senior libero Yuri Del Alcazar had 15 digs.
Zachary Hewitt led the Gators with 14 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Dustin Elliot had 15 kills and eight digs, Arvin Nitollama had 38 assists, three kills and six digs, and Ethan Hunt had six kills, one block and seven digs for Green Valley.