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Lady T-birds edge Shadow Ridge: Mohave tops Lady Stallions 3-2 in nondivision AIA beach volleyball

March 21, 2019

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BULLHEAD CITY — The visiting Lady T-birds shook off the rust, went on the road and defeated the Lady Stallions 3-2 at Shadow Ridge (Surprise, Arizona) High School’s home venue, the Victory Lane Complex in Glendale, during their Arizona Interscholastic Association nondivision beach volleyball game Wednesday.

The AIA Division II, Section IV T-birds’ record is 3-1 overall, 2-0 in division and 0-0 in section, according to aiaonline.org’s beach volleyball standings. The AIA Division I, Section II Stallions’ record is 2-3 overall, 1-2 in division and 0-0 in section.

“Mohave had another great game,” said T-birds head coach Zdenko Radic by text message. “This was our first game in two weeks — spring game — but we played awesome.

“Shadow Ridge is Division I and we are Division II in beach volleyball, so winning this match is really big for Mohave.”

Radic said all of the sets were “really close.”

He said his No. 1 team, sophomore Oakley Heaton-Maya Radic, lost the first set 35-33 in a set which is usually settled when the winning team tallies 21 points.

Mohave’s No. 1 team went on to lose 2-0.

Seniors Bree Lipinski-Lilly Bouchard, team 2, won 2-0; sophomore Keelyn Seabury-freshman Kinsley Rupe, team 5, won 2-1; and seniors Natalie Willmore and senior Eleanor Arca, team 3, were victorious 2-1.

Sophomores Ashley Salzer- Hannah Burgess, team 4, lost 2-1.

“They were very close games,” Radic said.

When asked how positive it was for his program to have so many underclassmen performing so well, Radic said, “For them to play at that level is pretty good.

“We have so many younger kids.”

Radic said his T-birds’ work ethic during practice made it much easier for them to play well after having two weeks without a regular-season game.

“The way they practice helped them during the break,” he added. “They served, the passed and they stayed composed.”