10 Amy Wahlin OH Sr.  
  6 Avery Burks OH Sr.  
  2 Braelyn Woodworth LIB Sr.  
  7 Ireland Avalos S Jr.  
  3 Isabella Blackwell OH Jr.  
  12 Kenna Cogill MB So.  
  5 Kate Wagner S Jr.  
  14 Kiana Landers MB So.  
  8 McKaley Herr OPP, OH So.  
  9 Avery Stones OH So.  
  4 Delaney Gregg MB Jr.  
  11 Nicole Kim LIB Jr.  
  15 Reagan Reynolds S Sr.  
  17 Reese Biesemeyer MB, OPP Jr.  
  16 Brooke Blagen OPP Jr.  


08/25 H Chaparral 1-0
(3-2) 2516 / 2927 / 2527 / 2125 / 1512
08/30 A Valley Vista 1-1
 (2-3) 1025 / 2523 / 1425 / 2516 / 1115
08/31 H Pinnacle 2-1
(3-0) 2927 / 2520 / 2518
09/01 H Desert Vista 3-1
(3-1) 259 / 2729 / 2517 / 2515
09/02 T Thatcher (2-0) 4-1
09/02 T Campo Verde (2-0) 5-1
09/02 T Mountain View (2-1) 6-1
09/03 T Gilbert (1-2) 6-2
09/03 T Highland (2-1) 7-2
09/03 T O'Connor (2-0) 8-2
09/03 T Sunnyslope (2-0) 9-2
09/03 T Hamilton (1-0) 10-2
09/07 H Casteel 11-2
(3-1) 2225 / 2511 / 2513 / 2522
09/08 A Sunnyslope 12-2
(3-1) 2521 / 2125 / 2510 / 2522
09/09 T Prescott (2-0) 13-2
09/09 T Pinnacle (2-0) 14-2
09/09 T Mt. Pointe (2-0) 15-2
09/09 T Highland (1-2) 15-3
09/10 T Liberty (1-2) 15-4
09/10 T Notre Dame (2-0) 16-4
09/14 A Queen Creek 17-4
(3-0) 2523 / 2519 / 2521
09/15 A Chandler 18-4
(3-1) 2522 / 2516 / 2426 / 2519
09/20 A Liberty 19-4
(3-0) 2521 / 2523 / 2518
09/22 A Basha 20-4
(3-0) 2518 / 259 / 259
09/27 A Xavier Prep 21-4
(3-2) 1925 / 2519 / 2325 / 2518 / 158
09/28 H Hamilton 21-5
(0-3) 1925 / 1825 / 2325
10/18 H Basha 22-5
(3-0) 2510 / 2517 / 2516
10/19 A Hamilton 23-5
(3-0) 2523 / 2520 / 2520
10/20 H Xavier Prep 23-6
(0-3) 1825 / 2325 / 2025
10/26 H Chandler 24-6
(3-0) 2514 / 2519 / 2513
10/27 H Mountain View 25-6
(3-0) 2520 / 2518 / 2517
11/03 H Desert Vista 26-6
(3-0) 2513 / 2523 / 25017
11/08 H S. Day O'Connor 27-6
(3-1) 2518 / 2325 / 2522 / 2518
11/10 A Corona del Sol 27-7
(3-1) 1825 / 2523 / 2225 / 1825



#1 Corona tops #4 Perry in semis
November 10, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Corona del Sol volleyball made its way to the school's 12th state championship match in its history on Thursday night and first since 2018. The top-seeded Aztecs defeated #4 Perry rallying from a first-set loss for a 19-25, 25-22, 28-26, 25-22 triumph at Corona del Sol High School.

Corona's opponent in Saturday's 7 p.m. final at Veterans Memorial Coliseum is two-time defending champ and #2 Hamilton. Hamilton advanced dispatching #6 Liberty in four sets. Scores were 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22.

It was business as usual for Corona (38-5) highlighted by its strong and varied attack. Four players collecteed double-figure totals in kills led by senior outside Kierstyn Barton (20 kills), sophomore outside Alyssa Aguayo (15 kills), senior middle Ella Lomigora (11 kills) and junior outside Maggie Beauer (10 kills). Beauer also led the defensive effort with 26 digs and freshman libero Erin Clark checked in with 18 digs. Perry (33-9) was led by senior outside Avery Burks (20 kills) and fellow senior outside Amy Wahlin with 10 kills.

Perry led start to finish in the first set leaving host Corona to attempt to get cooking. The Aztecs did just that. They amassed a 16-8 lead in the second only to have to put down a spirited Pumas rally. Perry pecked away and tied Corona at 21 thanks to an ace by Kate Wagner. The set was tied one more time (22-all), but Corona reeled off the final three points all thanks to Perry - two attack errors and a double-hit violation.

The third set was controlled most of the way by Perry. The Pumas largest lead was 20-15 after a tip kill by Wahlin. Perry's lead melted to 22-21 and the teams traded timeouts with Corona in front, 24-23. There were three more ties - the final one 26-all. A kill by Beauer and block by Aguayo clinched the set for Corona.

Corona controlled the fourth set and appeared ready to handily put Perry away. Corona fashioned a 17-9 lead forcing Perry to call time. Perry never led although it didn't bow out without some fight. The Pumas forged two ties 19-all and 20-all. Corona used kills from Barton, Lomigora, Beauer and Aguayo to nab the set and match. Aguayo's 15th kill ended the match.

#4 Perry nabs 1st-round sweep of #13 Desert Vista

November 03, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Perry volleyball suffered a short stay in the 6A state tournament in 2021. The Pumas were the #3 seed, but dropped their first-round match to #14 Queen Creek in five sets. The Pumas possessed high hopes of a longer run and possibly a third consecutive trip to the conference title match.

Perry again was a high seed Thursday night in the first round of the 2022 6A tourney where it hosted Desert Vista. This time Perry took care of business handily. The fourth-seeded Pumas eliminated the 13th-seeded Thunder in three sets -- 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 at Dan Serrano Gymnasium.

Perry (32-8) moves on to Tuesday's quarterfinals. Desert Vista finished its season 21-15. The Pumas will host #5 Sandra Day O'Connor, which rallied to edge #12 Highland in five sets. O'Connor finished runner-up in 6A to Hamilton last season.

Perry's attack was spread nicely among outside hitters Avery Burks (15 kills) and Isa Blackwell (10 kills) and middle Kenna Cogill (10 kills). Junior Lily LaFlesch, pressed into duty for under-the-weather libero Braelyn Woodworth, contributed a team-high 17 digs. Middle Reese Biesemeyer checked in with five blocks. Unofficial attack leaders for Desert Vista - Neyah Davison (7 kills), Amiyah White (6 kills) and Hayden Conner (5 kills).

Perry set the tone with its decisive win in the first set. The Pumas were challenged the first half of the set with the scored tied at 11. In their 14-2 run to finish the set, Burks had three kills, Biesemeyer two kills and a block and aces were served by Avery Stones and Reagan Reynolds.

Desert Vista didn't trail in the second set until Perry pecked away and went ahead, 18-17. The set was tied one more time (20-all), but Burks had three kills and Cogill two as the Pumas eked out the win. The final set saw Perry snap a 5-5 tie with a 14-5 run. Desert Vista got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Perry VB avenges sweep with sweep

October 19, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

One would think when Perry and Hamilton girls volleyball square off, fans should settle in for four- or five-set battles. Two of 6A's top programs, these Chandler district rivals have done nothing but sweep one another in their two regular-season meetings in 2021 and and again in 2022.

On Wednesday night it was #5 Perry's turn to post a sweep on #4 Hamilton's home court. Scores were 25-23, 25-20, 25-20. Back in late September at Perry, Hamilton took the whisk broom to the Pumas, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23. The visiting team has won every time so home-court advantage hasn't played a role. Perry improved to 12-2 overall in power-ranking matches, 5-1 in the Premier Region. The Pumas are tied for first for the region lead with Xavier Prep (9-6, 5-1). Xavier visits Perry Thursday night for sole possession of the region lead. Hamilton is 13-2, 4-2. The Huskies also play Thursday hosting Basha.

Perry took to the attack primarily with senior outside hitter Avery Burks, who responded with a match-high 22 kills. Amy Wahlin added seven kills. Libero Braelyn Woodworth paced the Pumas defense with 20 digs and and Kate Wagner was next with 14 digs. Hamilton's Neomi Beach recorded 19 kills and Mikayla Haner added 9 kills. The Huskies were led defensively by senior libero Lauren Mullings (25 digs).

Perry hung on to take the first set after giving up an early 12-7 lead. Hamilton pulled in front by two twice late, the last time 19-17. The Huskies were hurt at clutch time by three attack errors. Burks posted Perry's final two points, giving her seven in the set.

Hamilton had play go its way through the mid-point of the second set. A 15-12 lead was its largest. Back-to-back kills by Burks snapped a 15-15 tie. The Pumas last deficit in the set was 15-14 and they score four of the final five points.

Perry was steadfast in winning the third set. The Pumas never trailed and fashioned its largest lead at 16-9. Burks ran off four consecutive kills to break a 3-3 tie. Avery Stones, Kenna Cogill and Wahlin added kills in the run up to the 16-9 lead. Wahlin chipped in a block

Perry VB triumphs at House of Payne

September 3, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

The annual House of Payne Girls Volley Tournament had a familiar competitor in its final match on Saturday - the Perry Pumas. Perry improved its lot from last season winning the tournament after finishing runner-up in 2021. 

Perry knocked off Chandler district rival Hamilton in the title match. Score was 25-23. The teams, weary from six matches in two days, determined they would play one set to 25 to decide the champion rather than the customary three.

 A block by Perry sophomore middle Kenna Cogill was the winning point. The Pumas never trailed in the set, building a five- and six-point advantage fairly late (16-11 and 20-14) only to have the Huskies rally for the tight finish. A 23-20 deficit was erased by two kills by Huskies outside hitter Neomi Beach and a Perry four-hit violation. Hamilton followed the tying point with a service error and Cogill's block ended it.

Perry coach Fred Mann liked his team's performance in the tourney. The Pumas have won outright or shared the 6A Premier Region title each of the last four seasons. Hamilton has won the last two 6A championships, including the 2020 crown over Perry.

"We got better defensively, something we needed to do," Mann said. "We have a lot of size, and have to use it to our advantage. It's the beginning of the process."

Hamilton swept its three pool-play opponents while Perry played three sets vs. two of its pool foes and had one sweep. The schools shift back to regular-season matches next week with Hamilton visiting Mountain Ridge on Tuesday and Perry playing host to Casteel on Wednesday.

Perry VB outlasts Chaparral in 2-hour contest

August 25, 2022 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Perry and Chaparral opened their 2022 volleyball season on Thursday night. Ultimately they went the distance in the two-hour-plus battle.

That, of course, meant a five-set match. Host Perry managed to come out on top in a topsy-turvey affair by scores of 25-16, 29-27, 25-27, 21-25 and 15-12 at Dan Serrano Gym.

Perry relied on its top attack returner from last season - senior outside hitter Avery Burks - to lead the way. Burks finished with 22 kills. Sophomore middle Kenna Cogill contributed all-around with 11 kills, four blocks and two aces.

Perry took the first two sets and seemed on its way to a sweep in the third. Leading 24-20, Chaparral bowed its neck and ran off five successive points for a 25-24 lead. Perry managed to even it at 25, but Chaparral had come too far to let a chance at extending the match get away. Chaparral forced a fifth set using a closing 9-4 run in the fourth with kills from Isabella Scarfone, Brenna Rowland, Katherine Peterson and Clare Palin sharing the spotlight in the run.

"You can't be up 24-20 and miss a serve the could finish it," Perry coach Fred Mann said. "We managed to finish it, and proud of the way we came back. It was a good battle to begin the season."

The final set saw Perry never trail. The Pumas broke a 5-5 tie and led 9-5 after a Braelyn Woodworth ace. Chaparral quickly pulled within 9-8 using a pair of Palin kills. Burks guided the finish with three kills among the Pumas final five points.

"This was a good opener for us against a good team," Chaparral coach Chad Speer said. "It was a high level of of play."

Palin and Rowland led Chaparral offensively. Palin and Rowland unofficially totaled 16 kills and 10 kills, respectively.

Perry will have its hands full competing in the 6A Premier Region with Hamilton, Xavier Prep, Chandler and Basha. Chaparral dropped down a conference to 5A this season and gets no break competing with Horizon, Notre Dame Prep, Desert Mountain and Cactus Shadows in the Northeast Valley Region.