Ryan Tolman walked out the gym at Brophy Prep knowing his Desert Vista boys volleyball team hadn’t played its best.

When seasons come to an end there is always a twinge of regret and questions of what if.

But truth be told as good as Brophy was playing, the Thunder didn’t have much of chance Tuesday in the state quarterfinals.

Brophy was that good.

I don’t know that I have ever seen a team with so much power and the Thunder were on the brunt end of it.

The other lasting impression was how the Thunder kept responding. Yes, they let a 9-2 lead slip in the final Game 3, but the players kept pushing forward, never giving into what everyone else in the gym knew what was inevitable.

The good thing is the Thunder bring back most of its players. I don’t want to disregard what the seniors, especially Paul Rodgers and Stoan McNeal, mean to the team, but Desert Vista is going to return a lot of quality players who can thrive off the fact that the Thunder knocked off the No. 3 seed (Tucson Sahuaro) before taking on No. 6 Brophy.

It all centers around junior setter Kyle Pitman as he can be pretty special.

“I hope the guys can remember what it is like playing well in the playoffs,” Tolman said. “It is something to build on. Pitman is going to be a seasoned senior next and he’s really seen it all. We are really going to lean on him next year and hopefully we can reach the next level.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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