The Parker Broncs volleyball team is headed for the state tournament. The Broncs, who are ranked No. 9 in the state in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points, reached the state tournament when they defeated the No. 24 team, the Desert Christian Eagles of Tucson, three sets to none in a tournament play-in game Nov. 5 in Parker.

The scores were 25-18, 25-18, and 25-15. 

Parker Coach Marie Maya said the Broncs played the Eagles last year, and she could see they were very much improved this year. She praised their coach, Mark Kornachuck.

Demi Durham led the Broncs’ offense with 14 kills. Tatiana Cuadras had 9, Alicia Briones had 5, Tallia Robledo had 4, Lyndee Hill had 2, and Zahrah Schultz had 1,

The Broncs were serving tough through the entire match. Robledo had 6 aces, Cuadras served up 5, Durham served 3, Schultz had 2, and Briones had 1.

“Everybody played well,” she said of her team.

Maya said the team was still working at being consistent. She said they do better when they play at a faster pace.

“They’re more focused when the play fast,” she said.

The AIA 2A state tournament will be played this year Nov. 8 and 9 at North High School in Phoenix. Assistant Coach Dan Maya said the Broncs will likely face the No. 8 team, the Scottsdale Prep Spartans. The Spartans were 10-2 against their 2A Central opponents, and 15-4 overall.

“This should be a pretty good match,” Dan Maya said.

If the Broncs face Scottsdale Prep, the match will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

North High School is located at 1101 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix, at the corner of Thomas Road and Dayton Street.

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