All of the work in preparing for the postseason is done.
Or at least it better be.
Because it’s here for most of the fall sports as this is the final week of October.
Let’s breakdown the dates for the playoffs and where local teams stand.
Mountain Pointe already came home with plenty of medals for the individual portion and hopes to follow it up by defending its team state title.
“We know we can do it if everyone plays at their best,” said senior Vi Koka, who is the Pride’s No. 2 singles. “We’ve been working hard to get to this point.”
Action got started on Monday with the Pride, who has won eight state titles since 1997, as the No. 3 seed and Desert Vista as the 10th seed. The first two rounds of the 16-team tournament were played on Monday.
The semifinals are Wednesday at Sunnyslope High with the championship match at the same locale on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe and Horizon Honors are all in line to make the postseason; it’s just a matter of what seed they’ll earn as the regular season closes out on Wednesday.
The Thunder host Basha and Corona del Sol on Tuesday and Wednesday; the Pride play at Chandler and host Horizon; the Eagles host Tempe Prep and Paradise Honors.
The Division I tournament begins Nov. 5 at the higher seed in the 16-team field with the finals on Nov. 12 at Mesquite High.
The Division IV tournament starts Nov. 7 and ends on Nov. 9. All matches are at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
The Thunder is considered to be among the top five state title contenders and still hasn’t played at their highest level.
“I really don’t feel like we have peaked yet,” Thunder coach Molly West said. “We’ve played well at times, but we can be better and more consistent. We’ve addressed some of the weaknesses that were exposed and we feel like we are ready to play our best volleyball.”
Boys and girls golf
The Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista teams qualified as a team, while the Pride girls team will only have individuals participating.
The action starts Wednesday at Aguila Golf Course in Laveen for the girls as the Pride’s Lauren Blumears and Cassidy Chase did enough to make it to the two-day state event.
The boys tournament is Friday and Saturday at Aguila with the Thunder’s Matt Liringis is looking to defend his medalist title and help Desert Vista get past its streak of four-straight runner-up finishes.
“These (seniors) have been a part of this just as much as me and they want to see it end,” Thunder coach Paige Peterson said.
The area swimming teams will find their way to podium all day long as there are plenty of individual talent expected to finish among the top eight.
The intriguing part will be whether or not the Thunder girls can truly make a run at Xavier for the team state title after beating the Gators in a dual meet.
The state meet is Nov. 8-9 at the Skyline Aquatic Center.
The sectional meets are this weekend to determine who qualifies for the state meet the following weekend at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix.
The Thunder boys and girls are a favorite to win it in Division I, while Horizon Honors has a Top 10 individual in Mikaela Martin.
“It’s exciting,” Thunder senior Nicole Hicks said about possibly winning a state title. “It’s my senior year and it would just mean all those early morning practices were worth it.”
The regular season ends this week with Mountain Pointe (9-0) in line to be the top seed with a win over Dobson to close out the season, while Desert Vista (4-5) will have to beat Brophy in order to possibly earn one of the final spots.
The postseason starts Nov. 8 and ends Nov. 30 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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