Arizona’s high school girls volleyball championships were held at various neutral high school locations with in the 6 different division champions. The divisions are labeled 6A-1A and are classified by student enrollment with 6A having the most and 1A having the least.
Divisions 6A, 5A, and 4A championship final games were all played on November 9, 2016 at Mountain Pointe High School. Divisions 3A, 2A, and 1A championship final games were all played on November 5, 2016 at North High School.
No. 1 ranked Corona del Sol dominated against Mountain Pointe with a sweep taking the 6A final crown. This is the 6th time Tempe Corona de Sol played Phoenix Mountain Pointe played against each other in the 2016 season. This marks Corona del Sol’s first 6A girls volleyball title since 1991.
Coronoa del Sol’s senior hitter, Lauren Forte, led the team with 11 kills while teammate Brooke Nuneviller totaled 8 kills during the sweep. Brooke Nuneviller received the East Valley Tribune Player of the Year as well All-Tempe City award adding onto her already two-time team MVP.
Mountain Pointe finished their season with an overall record of 35-9 leaving them ranked #4 in Arizona.
Centennial defeated Sunnyslope gaining the 5A title in an intense 4 game match with ending score of 32 to 30. Centennial received its 3rd state volleyball title (1998 and 2008).
This was an emotional win for head coach of Centennial, Cari Bauer, as she had to have former players, parents, and students help vote her way into the head coach position this past season. After 21 years as an assistant for Centennial this is her first head coach season and state championship.
Sunnyslope finished the season with an overall 28-14 record and a No. 14 rank in the state.
Pheonix’s Greenway had to hand over the 4A title to Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic this season in a 3 games to 1 victory in the finals. This is Salpointe’s first title victory since being the runner up back in 1970.
Senior outside hitter for Salpointe, Maggie Schepelemann, totaled 20 kills during the match while junior Alanna Durante totaled 17 kills.
Greenway didn’t walk away with a title but finished with an overall record of 39-4 leaving them ranked No. 23 in Arizona. Salpointe finished with an overall record of 33-8 and was ranked No. 18 in the state.
Fountain Hills defeated Northwest Christian for the 3A title in a dominating sweep on November 5, 2016. Northwest Christian was the top seed in the 3A division but Fountain Hills put up a fight with an intense serving to come on top.
Fountain Hill’s McMahon crushed it in kills with a totaled 17 kills which was the highest amount of kills among any other player in the game. Freyer-Melk also added 15 kills for Fountain Hill.
Northwest Christian finished the season with an overall record of 27-7. Sophomore Elizabeth Cook lead her team with 8 kills. Northwest Christian last won the championship back in 2013.
Chandler Prep lost to a sweep against Horizon Honors naming the Eagles the 2016 2A title champions, first in school’s history. The rivalry between Chandler Prep and Horizon Honors goes back to last year to where the roles were reversed and Chandler Prep swept Horizon Honors in the semifinals.
Eagle Alexa Smythe produced 13 kills during the final match leaving her with a season total of 217.
Chandler Prep’s Taylor Sheppy finished the regular season with 384 kills and totaled 12 during the final match.
St. David Tigers win against the Mogollon Mustangs retrieving the 1A title for the 2016 season in long 5 game match. This is St. David’s second state title in 4 years.
Senior setter Ashlyn Goodman totaled 28 assists for the Tigers in the championship game. St. David finished with an overall 21-3 record leaving them ranked No. 63 in the state.
Mogollon Mustangs finished with an overall 28-8 record leaving them ranked No. 99 in the state.