Deer Valley Routs AJHS in Volleyball Opener

Lady Prospectors Meet New 4A Foe

By Daniel Dullum

Moving down from 5A, Glendale Deer Valley introduced itself to 4A volleyball in its visit to Apache Junction on Aug. 28, rolling to a 25-12, 25-9, 25-17 season-opening non-region win over the Lady Prospectors.

“We knew that they were region champions, so we came in ready to play, knowing we would play a tough team,” Skyhawks Coach Jackie Wallace said. “We don’t underestimate anyone.

“They were hungry and ready to play.”

Bailey Fuches led Deer Valley’s 43-kill attack with 10, followed by Kaitlin Brown with nine and six kills each by Avery Dunn and Allison Howard. The Skyhawks also fired 25 service aces, including seven by freshman Emee Fellens and six by Savannah Davis, who also had three blocks.

Bailey Fuches finished with 16 assists, with 14 by Fellens. Fuches also led the Skyhawks with 12 of their 65 digs.

“(Deer Valley) play good volleyball,” Lady Prospectors Coach Regan Roach said. “It’s good because it gives our girls something I can’t recreate in practice. For me, we’re looking at this game where they’re a big 4A school, they play well, and it gives our girls the opportunity to see some of those big hitters.

“If I don’t have big hitters for them to practice with, they’ll never step up to that challenge. Our hitters are understanding, and our defense had some great blocks, so we know that even if they have these big hitters, we have to have some blockers who can get in there and do it.

“We just have to be more consistent.”

Mady Roach led the Lady Prospectors with four of AJ’s nine kills. Libero Morgan Farsolas had two kills, 12 digs and an assist. Setter Lucia Kimble had six assists, a kill and two digs, and Maegan Smith added seven digs.

Cameron Krueger and Dominique Capps had one kill each.

“With the injuries we had before the season, we had one player (outside hitter Haley Loftis) out with a broken back, and another starter with an elbow injury (Emily Reynolds). With those injuries, we’re really trying to figure out how to rotate around that,” Coach Roach said.

“Part of it right now is learning this new rotation. I’m expecting a little bit different from them offensively. Defensively, we did something different.

But again it’s new players, next to me and in front of me, who I don’t really know and they don’t know me. Playing a big team like that, you get opening night jitters as well.”

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