The Gaels have won two of the past three state championships, and last year they didn’t drop a set in any of their final 14 matches.
The Gaels won the state championship last season with a 28-0 record and No. 7 national ranking by USA Today — the same ranking they have this preseason.
There couldn’t have been many who predicted the Wildcats’ 21-1-1 2018 season that included a dominating run to the Class 4A state championship.
When many teams turn to their bench to let a starter get some rest, there’s a noticeable drop-off. That doesn’t figure to be a problem for the Desert Pines defensive line.