Perry relying on experience as Gilbert VB begins
Zach Alvira, Tribune Sports Editor Sep 5, 2019
Perry High School has long been home to one of the top girls’ volleyball
programs in the state, making consistent appearances in the 6A tournament
in its young history.
Mann, the coach of the volleyball program, has largely been responsible
for putting together a roster full of Division I capable athletes every
year. Mann led the Pumas to a 32-4-1 record last season before losing in
five sets to Corona del Sol in the semifinals.
The Pumas lost a plethora of talented seniors in last year’s graduating
class. But like he is able to do every year, Mann has reloaded Perry’s
roster this season, led by a pair of seniors in Tatum Stall and Sian
Richardson that have plenty of experience playing at the varsity level.
“Tatum has been on varsity for three years and Sian has been on varsity
for three years,” Mann said. “Whenever you have two girls with that much
experience, you know they are going to be good leaders.
“We are hoping they will do really well for us.”
Stall and Richardson led the Pumas last year in kills with 278 and 264,
respectively. They also were among the top-five on the program in aces
with 68 combined.
The girls’ offensive production last season carried over to defense, as
they each had more than 25 blocks to go along with a combined 532 digs.
Defense has been key for Perry throughout the offseason. Mann believes his
team’s offense will once again be a strong point in 2019, but he wants to
see improvement on the defensive side of the net.
“If we do a better job at blocking, then it helps the rest of the team
overall,” Mann said. “We think our serving and passing is pretty good, our
blocking and digging just needs to come along.”
Stall, Richardson and the rest of the senior class have helped lead the
team to work on their defensive play. Most importantly, they’ve aimed to
help the underclassmen on the team feel comfortable at the varsity level.
For many of them, it will be the first time they step foot on the court to
face varsity competition. But it’s important for them to know the rest of
their teammates have confidence in their ability to compete.
“We want to make them feel safe,” said Richardson, who committed to Cal
State East Bay in July. “We want them to know they can come to us for
anything. We all have each other’s backs.”
Perry recently took part in a four-team, round-robin scrimmage featuring
Desert Vista, Casteel and Millennium.
The Pumas went undefeated in all three matches, but they didn’t compete up
to their own standards. They recognize there is still room for improvement
before they take on Mesa to open the season on Thursday, Sept. 5.
“I think we did pretty well,” said Stall, a Utah State commit. “We have a
lot to work on, but I think we can get to where we want to be if we
continue to work out butts off in practice.”
Perry claims top title at Westwood TOC
September 14, 2019 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
Perry's volleyball team worked its way to the final on Saturday at the
28th annual Westwood Tournament of Champions Invitational the hard way.
The Pumas didn not win their pool, but managed one of the other eight
spots available in the Gold Bracket.
That meant the Pumas had to play an extra match to reach the final. They
went 4-0 and claimed the title with a 2-1 triumph over surprising Highland
in making amends for its runner-up finish to Hamilton in last year's
tourney. Scores in the final vs. Highland were 25-21, 23-25, 15-11.
"We only had three matches coming into this tournament so we used it to
help solidify our lineup," Perry coach Fred Mann said. "We made
improvements in a couple areas we wanted to see. Highland beat us in a
match yesterday and they've proven to be very tough. They dig everything."
Perry swept Mesa Mountain View and Centennial, 2-0, in its first two
bracket matches and regrouped in a third set to down Corona del Sol in the
Perry, which showcased several powerful hitters, was led in its tourney
triumph by invite most valuable player Tatum Stall. Stall, a senior
outside hitter, collected
13 kills in the three-set final. Junior Ella Rud added 12 kills and junior
middle Makayla Long chipped in seven.
Highland, playing in an invitational for the second week in a row made it
two title-match appearances in a row. They lost to defending 6A champ
Xavier Prep last week at the House of Payne Invite.
This one ended in a runner-up finish again, but the Hawks have made
believers of the competition in two weeks of play with their relentless
defense led by libero Abby Peterson and adequate hitting sparked by
junior outside Samia Bhakta. Bhakta equaled Stall for match-high in kills
Perry repeats as Birdcage Invite champion
October 12, 2019 by Les
A mix of volleyball teams from several conferences gathered this
weekend for the 2nd Annual Birdcage Invitational. It was the top-ranked
team in 6A winning the crown again -- Perry.
The Pumas lost only one set over two days and eight matches culminating
with its 25-22, 25-15 victory over Scottsdale Christian in the tourney
hosted by Chaparral High School.
"We started a little slow (Friday), but we got better as the day went
on," Perry coach Fred Mann said. "Today we played very well. Particularly
our setter, Jenna Heller. I would say if there was an MVP for us in the
tournament it would be Jenna. She's an intelligent player and spreads the
ball around. Usually to the person with the best chance of putting it
Heller, a junior, collected 23 assists in the title match. Junior
outside hitter Ella Rud led Perry with 10 kills and senior outside Tatum
Stall checked in with 8 kills and four aces.
After easily topping Desert Ridge, Greenway and Chaparral to reach the
title match on Saturday, Perry took some time getting going against
Scottsdale Christian - the only team that won a set from the Pumas in the
Scottsdale Christian, the defending 2A champ, jumped out to an 8-2 lead
only to see Perry come roaring back for a 15-10 advantage. Next thing you
knew SCA was back in front, 21-17.
But Perry ran off eight of the next nine points to notch the first set.
SCA helped Perry in that stretch with a net violation, lift and four
SCA paid for opening the door open for Perry to win the first set. The
Pumas played much better from the start in the second set and the final
tie of the set was 7-7. A dump kill by Heller capped a 7-0 run that
essentially put the Eagles away down 14-7. Stall served six of those seven
Scottsdale Christian's attack was paced by senior outside hitter Taylor
Raiola with a match-high 12 kills. Raiola registered eight of those kills
in the second set.
Five of the eight teams entered were 6A - Perry, Chaparral, Desert
Ridge, Valley Vista and Sandra Day O'Connor. Defending 4A champ Greenway
and and 5A Cactus Shadows completed the field with SCA. All the teams
except Valley Vista are ranked in the top 10 of their respective