Lancers sweep Flagstaff to complete perfect season, win state beach volleyball title | high schools

Arizona Daily Star

For the second time in as many years, Salpointe Catholic is the undefeated state champion in beach volleyball.

The top-seeded Lancers beat no. 2 Flagstaff 5-0 on Wednesday night at Queen Creek Casteel High School to capture their second Division II state crown in as many years. The Lancers finish their season 18-0, while Flagstaff falls to 16-1.

Emma Hugeback and Jaylynn Ransom needed three sets to win their match 22-20 13-21 15-10. The Lancers won every other set. Francesco Pieroni and Sophia Hernandez won their match 21-14, 21-10; Rylen Bourguet and Megan Muehlebach won 21-14, 21-13; Scarlet Isaacson and Gabriella Monge won 21-5, 21-17; and Jordan Faircloth and Alyssa Robles won 21-11, 21-11.

Salpointe coasted through the playoffs, beating Canyon del Oro, Gilbert Christian and Gilbert Mesquite to set up Wednesday’s final.

The Lancers went 15-0 a season ago and won the program’s first-ever beach volleyball title by beating Valley Christian.

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Up next for Salpointe: the pairs state championship. The senior pair of Ransom and Hugeback is seeded No. 7 in Division II, and the players have earned a bye into the second round. Hernandez and Pieroni will play their first-round match on Monday against a team from Youngker.

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