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Boys volleyball state tournament roundup: Chandler wins in five-set thriller

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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:25 pm | Updated: 4:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

No. 13 Chandler dropped the first two games of its Class 5A boys volleyball state tournament but the Wolves bounced back and won the final three games to defeat Deser Vista, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 17-15.

With their season on the line, the Wolves buckled down on defense with 24 blocks as a team, and outlasted Desert Vista in each of the final three games.

Chandler's Nathan Saunders recorded a team-high nine kills and Van Johanson had 47 assists.

The Wolves advance to get a shot at upsetting No. 1 Tucson Salpointe on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Campo Verde High School.

No. 7 Mesa Mountain View upset No. 2 Hamilton 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-23 to advance to the semifinals. The Toros will face No. 6 Gilbert, Friday, at Campo Verde High School at 7:30 p.m.

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No. 3 Williams Field took care of business against No. 11 Notre Dame, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, to knock out the Saints and advance in the tournament semifinals. The Black Hawks will take on No. 2 Catalina - which beat No. 7 Seton Catholic in straight sets - on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Tucson Amphitheater.

No. 5-seed Tucson Sahauro defeated No. 4 Higley, 25-21, 15-25, 25-23 and 25-22 to eliminated the Knights from the state tournament. The Cougars play No. 1 Tucson Catalina Foothills on Friday at Amphitheater.

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