Parker Broncs

The 2019 season for the Parker Broncs volleyball team came to an end Friday, Nov. 9, when they lost to Scottsdale Prep, 3 sets to 0, in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association state 2A tournament. The sets were close, but it was still a sweep. The scores were 25-21, 25-17, and 27-25.

Parker had been ranked No. 9, while Scottsdale Prep was ranked No. 8.

Scottsdale Prep went on to lose to the No. 1 team in the state, the Thatcher Eagles, 3 sets to 1. Thatcher went on to defeat the No. 5 team, the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights, 3 sets to 2 to advance to the finals. The Crimson Knights are one of the Broncs’ 2A West rivals.

It looked like the state final would be a classic match-up, with the No. 1 Thatcher Eagles facing the No. 2 Scottsdale Christian Eagles. It looked like this clash of Eagles would be a fitting finale to the tournament.

It wasn’t even close. Scottsdale Christian wiped out Thatcher in three sets to take the state title. The scores were 25-11, 25-11, and 25-6.

Curiously, Scottsdale Christian had a closer match in the semi-final round against Veritas Prep, the No. 3 team. Veritas Prep actually won a set, 25-19, and Scottsdale Christian won the others by scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-16.

The loss to Veritas Prep was the only set Scottsdale Christian lost in the state tournament.

The Broncs also had more success against Scottsdale Christian when they faced them in September than Thatcher did. The Broncs also won a set in that match.

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