Perry has hot hand as state begins
October 30, 2018 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
6A state tournament gets underway Tuesday with first-round matches at the
sites of high seeds. Quarterfinals are set for Thursday at the sites of
high seeds. Semifinals are Monday Nov. 5 at Highland High and the title
match is Wednesday Nov. 7 at Wells Fargo Arena. The top eight seeds host
first round matches.
No school seeded better than No. 5 has won state at the big school level
this decade. The No. 1 seed has prevailed five times out of eight. A
capsule look at the top seed:
#1 Perry sports an overall record of 30-3-1 and has gone unbeaten in its
last 19 matches. Perry won the Premier Region title with an 8-0 record
with two sweeps of Xavier, Hamilton and Basha, three of the other five
top-five teams in the tournament. The Pumas are deep. They have an array
of offensive weapons and an outstanding block led by senior Grace Doyle.
The addition at midseason of Mesquite transfer Jenna
Heller has added to depth at the setter position. Perry finished
second to Hamilton in Westwood's Tournament of Champions in mid-September.
Doyle is one of the leaders in kills (202) and far and away the leader in
blocks (118). Tatum Stall, Brooklyn Poling and Sian
Richardson have filled the attack void nicely in lieu of graduates
from the 2017 campaign. Perry opens state with No. 16 Westwood.
Perry posts 7-0-1 mark in
winning Birdcage Classic
October 13, 2018 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
girls volleyball coach Fred Mann likes to maintain a balance in his team's
matches over the course of a season. A little here, a little there.
Endeavoring not to overdue it or be idle for too long.
Such it was this weekend at Chaparral High's Birdcage Classic for the
Pumas. An eight-team field featuring three No. 1 ranked teams, including
Perry in 6A, and four of the other five in the top 10 of their respective
Perry earned the top seed for Saturday's bracket play after a 3-0-1
Friday. The Pumas seemed at their best in the title match as they bested
Cactus Shadows, 25-9, 25-13. Perry is 15-0-1 in its last 16 matches.
"We're finishing up fall break and had a couple matches last week," Mann
said. "We had no matches this week. I didn't want to go a week without a
match. So we got in this tournament. I like to have us get a little rhythm
before we play the tough matches we have left (Xavier Prep, Hamilton and
Perry dodged a glitch in its bid to win the tournament in its opening
match of bracket play. The Pumas lost their first set to Pinnacle 25-12
and were able to pull out a 26-24 win in the second. They took the third
15-10 and didn't lose a set the rest of the day.`
In Saturday's final with Cactus Shadows, it was my goodness,
Grace Doyle. The senior middle
registered four kills in four attempts and six blocks in the two-set win
over Cactus Shadows. She has been a difference maker often of late.
"It's big to have five blocks in a match," Mann said. "We we played Xavier
(Sept. 26) she had five blocks in the fifth set. She's not a person that
draws attention to herself. I can't say enough how much she does for us."
Junior outside hitter Tatum Stall led
the title-match attack for Perry with nine kills. Perry excelled from the
service line as well with Melissa Blockey
and Matea Suan supplying a pair of
Cactus Shadows reached the final coming back through the loser's
bracket. The Falcons avenged a sweep by Scottsdale Christian in the second
round of bracket play by returning the favor to get a second chance at
Perry from Friday's play. Scottsdale Christian, the defending 2A state
champs, finished 5-3 in the tournament. Two of those losses were to Perry.
Perry stands its ground, ends Xavier's spell
by Don Ketchum, XCP Files
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Xavier Prep’s spell over Gilbert Perry on the volleyball court is gone.
The Gators, who defeated the Pumas in three five-set marathons a year ago,
including the 6A Conference semifinals, got a bit of payback in a five-set
triumph on Wednesday night (Sept. 26) at the Activity Center.
Defending state champion Xavier looked strong out of the gate, coasting to
a 25-14 win, but things began to unravel after that. Perry won the next
two, 25-18 and 26-24. Xavier sent it to a fifth game with a 25-19 win, but
Perry got the last laugh with a 15-9 win to decide it.
Xavier (18-5) led in the early stages of Game 2, but Perry (16-3) rallied
to take the lead and established itself. The Pumas finished the game with
five straight points.
Game 3 went back and forth, but Xavier walked more of a tightrope – its
mistakes seemed more magnified. With the score tied at 24, Perry scored on
a kill, and Xavier handed the Pumas the victory with a return that sailed
beyond the back line.
Perry led most of Game 4 before Xavier was able to turn things around. A
Xavier block evened the score at 18, and the Gators went on to win it on a
couple of kills by Jasmine Knight, the last one landing in the back
In the decisive Game 5, Perry jumped to a 5-1 lead and Xavier could not
recover. Perry claimed the win with the help of its defense on a couple of
blocks among its final three points.
Xavier won’t have much time to reflect on the outcome because it has its
third match in as many nights on Thursday (Sept. 27) with a road meeting
with Chandler Basha.
Gators coach Lamar-Renee Bryant hopes her players can regain some of their
“We didn’t show up tonight,’’ she said after the Perry contest. “You can’t
get behind by as many points as we did. We got nervous. We have to look to
get better, because we are going to see them again (Oct. 16 at Perry).’’
Part of the players’ mindset should include increased aggressiveness.
“You’ve got to want to have the ball come to you so you can make a play,’’
Bryant said. “Some of our players didn’t want that.’’
Xavier and Perry were 1-2 in Arizona Interscholastic power points ratings
entering the match, and now they have switched spots.
Perry serves up sweep of Mountain Pointe
September 19, 2018 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
Perhaps Perry girls volleyball coach Fred Mann could feel Mountain
Pointe's pain after the Pumas swept the Pride Wednesday evening on the
Pumas home floor, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-7.
Perry sprung back into action Tuesday night with a road trip to Sandra Day
O'Connor and returned with a 3-1 defeat -- its first and only
power-ranking loss in now seven matches.
"I don't know if we had the energy (Tuesday) after the tournament last
weekend," Mann said, a tournament his team finished second to Hamilton in.
"O'Connor is really good. We didn't have it. Tonight was different. We
served really well. That started everything."
Mountain Pointe played in the same tournament - the Westwood Tournament of
Champions - and after a .500 Friday in the invite rebounded to win four of
its five matches on Saturday to finish 6-3 in the tourney. The Pride
followed up Tuesday resuming power-ranking matches with a sweep of
Highland at home.
The match with Perry, however, gradually got away from Mountain Pointe
after a close first set. The second set Perry's blocking , led by middle
Grace Doyle, thwarted much of Mountain Pointe's attack. And the serving
Perry brought to the court completed what was a demolition in the third
set. Perry improved to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in power ranking matches.
Mountain Pointe is 10-6 overall, 5-4 in prm. Perry collected 12 aces in
the match, seven in the third set.
"Grace is a stud," Mann said of the 6-2 senior. "She did a nice job the
whole match and in the second set we had multiple blocks."
Leading Perry in the stat department was outside hitter Sian Richardson
with 13 kills and outside Tatum Stall eight kills. Doyle posted five
blocks, libero Matea Suan 16 digs and Madison Beasley four aces. Beasley
served 10 consecutive points taking a 6-2 lead to 16-2 in the third set.
Mountain Pointe was led on the attack by Piper Manross with six kills and
Jahara Campbell with five. Perry plays again Thursday hosting Chaparral
while Mountain Pointe takes Thursday off and prepares for the Nike TOC on
Friday and Saturday at ASU and the Kroc Center in Phoenix.
Perry Continues Undefeated Streak With
Win Over Queen Creek
September 11, 2018 by Nadia Testroet, Arizona
The Perry girls volleyball squad
posted its fourth consecutive win Tuesday night in a dual match against
the Queen Creek Bulldogs.
In the first game, Perry played with ease to win 25-16. The Pumas took the
next two 25-11 and 25-15.
No. 9 senior outside hitter Brooklyn Poling started the match off strong
with multiple kills to get the ball rolling in the first game. Perry also
showcased its strengths after each dig by the back row and seamless sets
by senior captain Madison Beasley.
No. 8 junior outside hitter Sian Richardson shined throughout every set,
drilling several key shots. After making very few unforced errors to
record the victory, Richardson was named the Player of the Match. In the
third game, Richardson consecutively aced her serves which ensured the win
for the Pumas.
“We did an excellent job at serving and getting them out of system. They
have two hitters we can’t stop if they get a good set," said head coach
Fred Mann. “The key to a match is trying to get them out of their system
and heading into the next match I’d still like to see us work on our
defense some more.”
Leading the team in total blocks, No. 11 senior middle blocker Megan
Schulte challenged the Bulldogs by her strong force at the net.
While Perry mainly has a lineup filled with juniors and seniors, Queen
Creek had to rely on younger players to fill their roster.
No. 5 setter Jaden Drollinger is only a sophomore but leads her team in
both serving aces and assists. Drollinger’s effort stood out among her
teammates as she hustled all over the court to get to the ball for a good
While the Bulldogs fought hard, they ultimately came up short against a
stronger, more experienced team.
“We’ve had a rough couple of weeks, playing three matches per week for the
last two weeks, so I think some of the girls are just tired,” said head
coach Erica Crismon. “Overall, we need to be more disciplined on defense.
Our block just kind of bails out really quickly, and in 6A with all these
big hitters we can’t leave an outside hitter one-on-one.”
“I think next time the girls need to communicate and give a little more
work ethic,” said assistant coach Turner Beall. “Skill can only take you
so far, but work ethic and drive can take you to a lot of places.”