Top-seed Campo Verde beat No. 8 Glendale Deer Valley 21-25, 25-9, 25-17, 25-16 in the quarterfinals of the Division II girls volleyball state tournament on Thursday night.
Campo Verde will now face No. 5 Tucson in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mesquite High School.
The Coyotes (39-6) gave up a six-point lead in the first set and lost their lead for good at 22-21. Campo Verde came out with renewed focus in the second set and led throughout. Misha McDowell had a couple of powerful kills in the second set to lead the way. From there, the final two sets were competitive until the Coyotes were able to pull away late, including the fourth set which featured six lead changes in the first 13 serves.
Campo Verde took a 7-6 lead and never trailed again to clinch the match. Audra Beth Dugan had a kill for the 25th point in game four to end it.
“It was a great match. We gave up that first set but we stayed even-keeled the rest of the match. This was a team victory.” Campo coach Tricia Melfy said.
McDowell led the Coyotes with 16 kills. Kaylee Boyse added 10 kills and Haley Christiansen contributed eight kills.
“Tucson has some great players. They have some really tall players so it will be a challenge for us at the front of the net.” Melfy said.
For Deer Valley it was a great season. The Skyhawks (26-14) played a great first set, and their comeback in the first set energized the team carried through to parts of the second set with that momentum. The Skyhawks, however, were never able to put together any consistent success in sets two through four.
“They (Campo Verde) run a fast game. For most of the season we have had a lot of girls play different positions than what they are used to playing because of injuries. I thought through most of the season this helped us, but tonight those injuries hurt us against a strong team like them. I thought in the second set we stopped hitting as well as we were in the first, but I am proud of my girls. It was an amazing season." Deer Valley coach Jackie Wallace said.
The Skyhawks were led by Jemima Idemudia and Jordan Taylor, both of whom finished with 10 kills.