The Parker Broncs girls’ volleyball team got bumped up from the 2A conference to 3A this year, but that didn’t stop senior outside hitter Demi Durham from having a killer season. She led the 3A conference in kills, and she was second among all girls at all conference levels in the state.
A “kill” is when a volleyball player sends the ball over the net for a point.
Playing in 57 sets, Durham had 305 kills in 669 attempts. Her attempts had a 45.6 percent success rate. That’s an average of 5.4 kills per set.
The only player with more kills was junior Tatum Parrott of 4A Greenway High School in Phoenix. She had 324 kills in 673 attempts for 48.1 percent. She appeared in 53 sets.
Parrott and Durham were the only players in the state to top 300 kills in a season that was shortened due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Durham led the entire 3A conference in kills. She was more than 20 kills better than the next highest player, Reagan Hope of the 3A state champions, Northwest Christian. She had 282 kills in 538 attempts for a success rate of 53.4 percent.
In the Broncs’ 3A West region, Durham had more than 80 kills more than the next highest player, Gabreya Garcia of Bourgade Catholic. She 222 kills, but she made 74 percent of her 300 attempts. This was the highest percentage in the state, both in 3A and overall.
Durham was named the 3A West Region Player of the Year by the coaches and athletic directors of the region. She was named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s All-State 3A second team.
It was a season where the Broncs went 8-2 in their region and 13-3 overall. They placed second to Yuma Catholic in the 3A West. They won a state tournament play-in match against the Safford Bulldogs, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to Arizona College Prep. They also lost to Arizona College Prep in the regular season. The only other school to defeat the Broncs in the regular season was Yuma Catholic, and they did it twice.
Broncs Volleyball Coach Marie Maya said all the girls contributed to their 2020 season, but she had particular praise for Durham, the team captain. She said Durham kept the team together in the summer when they couldn’t practice in the Parker High gym due to the coronavirus pandemic. They played sand volleyball in the town’s parks and worked on their skills.