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Aztec girls volleyball shaping up as a possible contender, despite last year’s loss of players

Aztec girls volleyball shaping up as a possible contender, despite last year's loss of players


After profitable the 6A Championship in 2016 and ending runner-up last season to Xavier, Corona’s girls volleyball staff, with three returning starters and solely 5 returning players in complete, ought to in all probability be within the throes of rebuilding however don’t rely the Aztecs out of rivalry simply but.

The Aztecs began out as a comparatively younger and inexperienced workforce, after dropping 18 players to commencement over the previous two seasons.

One of these misplaced volleyball stars included the outstanding outdoors hitter Brooke Nuneviller, who led the staff in kills, with a mean of 5 kills a set together with four.2 digs a set throughout her senior season.

Longtime head coach Ben Maxfield returned solely three starters from last season’s staff, all of that are juniors: outdoors hitter Mady Noble; libero Becca Morseand center blocker Sadie McRae.

“Mady Noble is a tremendous leader, both on and off the court,” stated Maxfield. “She is a hard worker who, at the same time, plays in a very calm manner during matches. She can keep everyone relaxed when things get crazy.”

Noble might be probably the most skilled participant on the group, having been half of Corona’s championship win two seasons in the past as a freshman, enjoying in 96 units with 82 kills.

This season Noble has performed in all 52 units thus far, main the staff in kills with 153, or shut to 3 kills a set, and is second on the workforce in digs with 158. She has 5 solo blocks and 15 assisted blocks plus 11 service aces.

To say Morse leads the staff in digs is an understatement. Within the first 52 units this season, she had 426 digs, or a mean of eight.2 a set. Morse additionally had 15 service aces.

“Becca’s ability to pass the ball and solid defense will allow us to extend a lot of rallies,” stated Maxfield. “She will give us a chance to be in the match with a lot of teams.”

McRae is the main blocker on the workforce with seven solo blocks and 30 assisted blocks for a complete of 37, as nicely as 57 kills in 49 units.

“Sadie McRae has developed a lot as a volleyball player in the last year,” stated Maxfield. “She is hitting the ball harder. I expect she will get us more offensive points from her hitting this season.”

The opposite two returning players from last season’s varsity workforce are seniors Kacie McCainand Kaiessa Sounart.

“Last year Kacie was our serving specialist and is continuing this season as one of our best servers,” stated Maxfield. “She has a very tough serve that knocks the other team out of system a lot of the time. She is also doing a great job leading the girls as a captain.”

McCain has performed in all 52 units and is main the workforce in aces with 22, whereas Sounart has performed in 31 units and has 33 kills or simply over one kill a set on common, with 14 block assists after getting back from an elbow damage.

“Kaiessa Sounart is very versatile and can play any position in the front row,” stated Maxfield. “She just returned from a dislocated elbow injury she sustained over the summer, but she played beach volleyball with us in the spring and I’ve seen a huge improvement in her ball control and shot placement.”

New to the varsity staff this season and already making an impression are junior outdoors hitter Nicole Newlin, freshman setter Anita Babicand freshman middle-blocker Natalie Meyer.

“Nicole Newlin was our leading attacker on JV last season,” stated Maxfield. “She has made a tremendous impact already this season. She hits a very heavy ball and her athleticism makes up for her medium height. Overall, she brings us more fire power than we had last year.”

Newlin had no drawback getting up to hurry on the varsity staff, with 152 kills in 49 units, only one lower than the kill chief on the workforce, Nobel. She can also be second on the staff in service aces with 17, third in digs with 100 and third in complete blocks with 5 solo blocks and 16 block assists. Babic is averaging eight.four assists a set for a complete of 361 assists in 43 units along with 68 digs, 16 aces and 12 complete blocks.

“We have put a lot of pressure on Anita Babic, as a freshman, running our court but she is doing an excellent job,” stated Maxfield. “She has a huge upside, and with hard work has a very bright future ahead of her on the court.”

Babic’s freshman teammate, Natalie Meyer, has performed in 42 of the 52 possible units, averaging 1.5 kills a set and near a block a set. Meyer has six solo and 29 block assists, second solely to McRae.

“Natalie Meyer continues to improve every time she steps on the court,” stated Maxfield “She is a hard worker who hits a heavy ball. I expect she will be a high-impact player by the time she finishes her high school career.”

The Aztecs additionally received a increase of expertise and manufacturing from 4 switch players who have been eligible to play on the Westwood Event of Champions beginning Sept. 14.

In all probability probably the most notable switch participant could also be senior outdoors hitter Mary Shrollfrom Tempe Prep, who was chosen as half of the 2018 MaxPreps All-American volleyball workforce.

Shroll was the 2017 2A Athlete of the Yr when she led the state in kills (663) and kill proportion (.510). She had 7.eight kills per set which was virtually two kills per set larger than the subsequent participant (most probably they imply Nuneviller, who averaged 5 kills per set).

Shroll, who has dedicated to Loyola Marymount, averaged four.7 digs and 6.1 serve receptions per set last season however till lately was not capable of play at Corona.

On the lookout for one other run at a state championship, Shroll could possibly assist the Aztecs exchange Nuneviller’s offensive and defensive expertise set now that she will get on the courtroom.

“I don’t think you can ever completely replace Brooke, but Mary Shroll brings a lot of the same attributes to the court,” stated Maxfield. “Mary passes very well and is tremendous in defense. She will add enthusiasm, leadership, competitiveness, and should score a lot of points for us both offensively and defensively.”

Shroll, enjoying on the Westwood Event of Champions, it seems has already had an impression. She registered 70 kills in solely 18 units or three.9 kills a set hitting .261. As well as, Shroll served 4 aces, had three solo and 6 assisted blocks and acquired up 86 digs or four.eight digs a set.

The opposite three transfers capable of play for the Aztecs, as of Sept. 14, are senior center blocker Jenna Bolenaand junior setter Ashley Hayden, each from Desert Vista, and junior setter McKenna Olsenfrom Mesquite.

Bolena noticed motion in 14 units producing 15 kills and 10 blocks—1 solo and 9 assisted—on the event.

“Jenna Bolena brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the court,” stated Maxfield. “We are continuing to work on her power game but on defense she reads our opponents offense well and is a good blocker.”

Hayden performed in 17 units over the weekend event amassing 107 assists or 6.three assists per set, 31 digs and 12 aces.

“Ashley Hayden does a great job setting a hittable ball,” stated Maxfield. “Her consistency and experience will take us to a new level.”

Olson was on the courtroom in 10 units through the Westwood event, the place she was credited with 32 assists, 9 digs and 6 aces.

“McKenna Olsen brings a tremendous amount of energy to the court,” stated Maxfield. “She sets a consistent ball and is tenacious on defense.”

Further participant on Corona’s 2018 group embrace junior hitters Morgan McNultyand Rachael Mertes, and junior defensive specialist Makalie Pintus.

McNulty has performed in 9 units the place she is credited with six kills and three blocks whereas Mertes has seen motion in 27 units incomes 11 kills, 19 digs and a couple of aces.

Pintus has performed in 34 units and is credited for 35 digs and 11 aces.

Enjoying within the Westwood Event of Champions, Corona defeated 5 straight groups in pool play on Friday, Sept. 14, and the subsequent day (Dobson, Gilbert, Westwood, Mountain View and Notre Dame Prep) earlier than dropping to Basha 19-25, 28-26, 15-11).

Corona superior into the gold bracket for single-elimination bracket play, the place they defeated Mountain Ridge, 2-Zero within the first spherical. The Aztecs have been eradicated within the semifinals to Hamilton, 2-Zero. Hamilton then superior to lose to Perry within the finals.

Corona’s Morse was chosen to the all-tournament staff which consisted of 12 players, one from every of the 12 groups that certified for the Gold Bracket remaining play.

With greater than half the season over, the Aztecs have eight common season video games and two tournaments left to get everybody enjoying collectively earlier than they make a state event run in late October and early November. Corona was as a result of host Hamilton at house on Sept. 19 earlier than enjoying within the 10th Annual Nike Event of Champions on the Salvation Military KROC Middle in Phoenix on Sept. 21 and 22.

This event was designed to showcase 96 of probably the most elite highschool girls volleyball groups in the USA, with competitors divided into three, 32-team divisions, with every group enjoying in seven matches over the 2 days.

 Cross NationCorona and McClintock competed within the Chandler Invitational Sept. 1. The meet was divided in 4 courses every for each boys and for girls based mostly on grade degree. The freshman boys began at 7:35 a.m. with the freshman girls beginning 60 seconds later and so forth with sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Medals got to the highest 35 runners in every class after which trophies to the highest three groups in every class. Corona had two boys’ courses and one girls class completed within the prime three for trophies.

Corona’s freshman boys had two runners end within the prime 35 withDiego Diazcoming in sixth and Callum Rohrerending in 20th place.

The opposite 4 racers have been Christopher Ortiz, Gian Martinez, Ashton Flanaganand Miles Prince. The staff completed fifth out of 16 faculties racing towards 93 racers.

Corona’s sophomore boys didn’t have any runners end within the prime 35 however did have three runners race, together with Ethan Abeytaending in 36th place, Jacob Cheshirein 50th and Caden Agnewcompleted 112th out of 138 runners from 25 faculties who participated.

Corona’s junior boys completed tied for second with Perry, with all six of the Aztec racers ending within the prime 35. Zachary Johnsonwas the primary to cross the end line in seventh place adopted by Dominic Arellano in 11th place, Caleb Venjohnin 18th place, Connor Zookin 21st place, Diego Caminoin 27thplace and Daniel Nicholsin 31st place.

The senior runners from Corona, led by Joel Wadsworth,who crossed the end line in second place with a time of 16:26.6, completed in third place behind Web page and Brophy.

The second senior Aztec runner, Kyle Swindler, completed within the prime 35 with a time of 17:42.9 for 11th place whereas Logan Bridgewas 41st, Matt Montana, 48th, and Jase Bronsoncompleted in 64th place out of 109 racers from 32 faculties.

Corona’s freshman girls took first place with solely 18 factors as a consequence of an impressive first place end by Isabella Marcelesand a second place by Lauren Montana. Ashlinn Aguayogot here in 17th and Sachiko Devinepositioned 24th out of 78 racers from 18 excessive faculties.

The sophomore girls had two girls end within the prime 25 together withJade Nakedwho took 13th place and Audrey Weidner25th place. Teadora Zawilakpositioned 55th and Audrey Ritzectwad 64th out of 97 racers.

Corona had solely three girls capable of run within the junior class race. Emily Ruggwas the highest finisher, taking 12th place whereas Emily Wardwas 43rd and Taylor Nicholswas 64th out of 71 junior runners.

Corona’s senior girls took fourth place. Mackenzie Burgesstook 11th place adopted by Isabella Sarnoin 21st, Emma Hedbergin 26th, Ashely Trujilloin 32nd and Angelica Lopezin 44th out of 58 racers from 9 excessive faculties.

McClintock Cross Nation

McClintock’s girls group had six athletes run and the boys workforce had seven racers compete on the Chandler Invitational on Sept. 1.

The Chargers’ prime finisher among the many girls was sophomore Ella Zeiderswho completed in eighth place with a time of 22.17.1. Zeiders, together with Rachael Pabst, who was 29th and Amanda McAlphin, who completed 37th, earned a fifth-place staff end with a rating of 64 factors within the sophomore class.

Each Zeiders and Pabst ought to have acquired medals for ending within the prime 35 of their sophomore class.

McClintock’s second highest placement was junior Mariska Bogarrdwho completed in 10th place with a time of 22:53.2. Yodit Weldeselassieadditionally ran within the junior class for McClintock. Bogarrd ought to have obtain a medal for her effort within the junior race.

Senior Emilie Berthiaumeran within the senior division ending in 37th place out of 58 principally DI runners.

The highest finisher for the Chargers’ boys workforce was junior Aiden Penry, with a time of 18:33 to complete in 28th place. Penry was the one athlete who acquired a medal from the boys staff for putting within the prime 35 within the junior class.

McClintock had three runners within the sophomore race, with Cesar Rebolloending in 39th place with a time of 20:12.2 whereas Carter Millerand Miguel Inzunzaeach completed the 5,000-meter race for the Chargers.

Richard Kauschewas the lone senior who ran for McClintock, ending in 51st place out of 109 racers whereas the freshman class was represented by Benjamin Kausche,who completed 63rd, and Nathan Gelfi, who was 76th, out of 93 runners.