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Lady Devs earn praise

May 16, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — After the Lady T-birds swept the Lady Dust Devils 5-0 on April 3, Mohave High School head beach volleyball coach Zdenko Radic was impressed with River Valley High School’s progress.

“I think they’re getting better, too,” Radic said. “Yeah, we beat them 5-0, but every game was ... there was a lot of close games.

“It’s exciting to see them; I like their team No. 1; I like their team No. 2.”

The sophomore duo of Zoey Bruner-Harmony Owens is River Valley’s No. 1 unit, and freshman Cassie Gill and junior Braydn Cunningham combined to make up the Dust Devils’ No. 2 squad.

Even though the Dust Devils finished their season with a record of 3-9 overall, 3-7 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II and 2-3 in Section IV, according to the aiaonline.org power-point ranking system, Radic considered them a very competitive team despite its poor record.

When Owens’ powerful serve was mentioned, Dust Devils head sand volleyball coach John Bundy agreed.

The second-year River Valley head coach also agreed that Owens and Gill covered the sand well against T-birds sophomore No. 1 team, Maya Radic-Oakley Heaton.

Radic said his No. 1 unit and Bundy’s No. 1 unit play club volleyball together during the offseason.

When it was pointed out that having each schools’ No. 1 units compete together during the offseason must be beneficial, Bundy agreed.

“Our serves are a lot better than they used to be,” said Bundy about his Dust Devils’ improvements since the beginning of the season. “We have a lot of effort out there, a lot of hustling, we played some really good teams, we played them pretty well, we’ve just got to finish better.”

Bundy added: “This game really showed that Mohave-River Valley is going to be a lot more competitive that it has been in previous years.”