Officials irk Radic in Mohave loss: Lady T-birds’ head coach gets red card as Flagstaff earns road sweep
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave High School head volleyball coach Zdenko Radic unloaded on the officiating crew after the Flagstaff Lady Eagles completed a sweep of the Lady T-birds on Tuesday night.
Following Flagstaff’s 19-25, 19-25, 9-25 Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region victory over the T-birds at MHS, Radic agreed that the Eagles are a pretty good team, while adding: “But we don’t have to be kind of killed by the refs.”
When asked if he wanted his comment on the record, Radic said: “Yes, I do.
“I think that we’re the only ... Mohave is the home team in home sports where the refs are really not ... I mean we want them to be neutral, but they really are more ... I don’t know if they do it on purpose.”
With Mohave trailing 19-24 in the second set, Radic disagreed with the officials when Flagstaff was awarded the set-ending 25th point.
Play was delayed for at least five minutes as Radic protested, and he was issued a red card for his troubles.
“She gave me a direct red for no reason,” said Radic about the up official, who looks down on the net from a ladder. “I asked her for clarification for the call, and there was no reason for her to give me a red.
“I don’t know what to say; I’m speechless.”
The Eagles wrapped up the match in quick order by routing the T-birds in the final set.
Paetyn Nakal went on a 11-point service run, including four aces. The run turned Flagstaff’s 11-6 lead into a 22-6 bulge.
The T-birds recorded two of the last 15 third-set points, as the Eagles seized the momentum and ran away with the match.
Natalie Willmore and Lilly Bouchard recorded a block/kill, which was Mohave’s lone highlight during the second half of the set.
“They made some pretty good blocks,” said Radic about Willmore and Bouchard.
Radic said Maya Radic “made some really nice saves.”
Tara Brain’s powerful play at the net helped Flagstaff get off to a good start, then in the middle of the first set Gracelyn Nez’s thunderous spikes were too tough for Mohave to handle and Madeline Wilson and Brooklyn Quick chimed in with hard hits during the last half of the match.
“They’re pretty dominating for us,” Flagstaff head coach Beth Haglin said. “But they didn’t play their best game.”
Hutton Hagerman went on a handful of service runs for Flagstaff.
The T-birds’ record is 2-3 overall, 0-3 in conference and 0-2 in region, according to aiaonline.org. The Eagles’ record is 4-1 overall, 4-1 in conference and 4-1 in region.