GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Desert Vista sweeps Hamilton to open Fiesta region play
Desert Vista's Haley Van Raaphorst and Kyle Hartman (13) go for the block during the Thunder's three-game sweep over Chandler Hamilton Sept. 29 at Hamilton.

Phoenix Desert Vista High School girls volleyball team swept host Chandler Hamilton High School 25 – 22, 25 – 15, and 25 – 18 Tuesday night, bringing the Thunder's overall record this season to 23 – 1.

In the 24 matches it has played this season, Desert Vista has only lost 3 games out of 56 total.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Click here for photos from DV's sweep of Hamilton

 “We work hard in practice, and it definitely shows off in the game,” said Desert Vista senior outside hitter Betsi Metter, who had 16 kills, 28 digs, and two aces against the Huskies.

The win at Hamilton, which moved to 13 -5 over all this season, did not come easy for the Thunder, who trailed 7-1 early in the first game.

“This has been a really solid team,” Desert Vista head coach Molly West said, adding that she'd rather her team jump out early against its opponents, rather than wait to take over the match. “And I think that they come out here and they need to be more prepared to start to play right away, and not wait to get into the game and then play.”

Hamilton fell behind early in the third game, but rallied back to bring the score within three points.

“We played our hearts out, and it just didn’t work out,” said Hamilton player Ashli Bellinger, who had 12 kills in the game. “We played as a team, but it just went down to consistency . . . it was our serve-receive mainly that burned us.”

Hamilton’s Jordyn Moody had 29 set assists, and Emily Helm had 20 digs while Desert Vista’s Kyle Hartman had 11 kills and three blocks. Renae Sniegowski had 20 digs in the Thunder victory.

“We didn’t have blinders on by any means,” Hamilton Head Coach Sharon Vanis said. “We knew how good DV was, and I think even when we were ahead at one time…we knew it was just a matter of time before they started coming after us.”


Cassidy Olson is a sophomore at Arizona State University and is interning this semester with the Ahwatukee Foothills News and

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