Women’s volleyball: Salpointe and Tucson benefit from new formations


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Senior Salpointe Frankie Pieroni. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Salpointe improved to 12-2 overall and 7-0 in seeding games after beating Tucson High 25-17, 25-11 and 25-20 Monday night at home. The Badgers moved to 7-5 on aggregate and 3-3 in ladder games with the loss.

The Lancers are coming off of the semifinals after winning the 4A state championship in 2020. It was the sixth semifinal since 2015 that included state championships in 2016 and 2017 to go along with the 2020 title. Six people seniors graduated last year, including Emma Hugeback and Jalynn ransombut Frankie Pieroni returns for his final year in net and Megan Muehlebach returns to the back row play anchor. The Lancers also return a team of exceptional passers in junior Sophie Hernández and senior Sophie Marquez…..



Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as Top High School Reporter in 2014, he received the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and AZ Education Recognition News in 2019. He coached youth, high school and college for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girl wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing Arizona’s top football player, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon committee. He won a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by the Sunnyside School District and Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at [email protected]

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