Scottsdale Notre Dame's Cassie Uribe and Jessica Maxwell combined for 31 kills as the fourth-seeded Saints quickly rolled to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 home win over 13th-seeded Gilbert Higley in the first round of the 4A-II state girls volleyball tournament.
Uribe had 16 kills and two blocks, while Maxwell had 15 kills and one block in the win.
The defending champions (16-2) will face fifth-seeded Tucson Catalina Foothills, which defeated No. 12 Buckeye in straight sets, today at Notre Dame.
It will be a rematch for Notre Dame, which defeated Catalina earlier this season 2-0 in the Marana Mountain View tournament, but it will also be a big day for seniors Uribe and Maxwell, who are expected to sign with the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.
"We've been playing together for four years and we're looking forward to playing together another four years," Maxwell said.
Uribe said it was her "dream" to play at an NCAA Division I school and liked "the military school idea and its organization".
"I love it, and I'm very happy to be playing with (Maxwell) next year," Uribe said.
Both, however, have immediate goals, and that is to repeat as state champions with a younger squad.
"We basically have our own new team, and it's helping us out to keep focused," Uribe said.
Higley (9-9) was led by Kayla Ludlow, who had seven kills and one block, and Jordan Brackett, who had five kills.
"The girls were just on tonight, everything was on," said Notre Dame coach Lauren Harris.
"We're keeping focused and ready for the next opponent."