The Corona boys volleyball team won
a five-game match against No. 9
power-point ranked Basha in its
final match at home to guarantee the
Aztecs a spot in the 4A/5A State
Tournament for the fourth time in as
The Aztecs’ match against Basha
could have gone either way until the
last point was scored in the final
game in the best-of-five-game match.
Corona started off strong in the
first game, going up 10-1 off two
block assists by Andrew Bryant
and Matt Austin and a couple
of kills by Bryant. Corona had the
score at 19-10 before the Bears were
able to fight back and tie the score
at 23. Clay Gittus made a
crucial kill for CdS to take a one
point lead before Alex Zener
finished the game off with a kill to
win the first game 25-23.
Basha took the lead early in the
second game, and Corona was never
able to recover. In the third game,
the Aztecs once again started off
strong with a block by Austin and
Zener and an ace by setter Sutton
Demlong to take a 3-0 lead
before the Bears fought back to make
it 3-3 and then 4-4.
got low to receive a Basha serve and
passed the ball to Demlong to set up
Matt Austin for a kill straight down
in front of the 10-foot line.
Peck then served an ace for a
2-point swing and CdS went up 6-4.
Basha was able to tie the game at
12-12 and then take a 3 point lead
before Demlong, the smallest player
on the court won a joust at the net
with the Bears middle blocker to
launch an Aztec comeback.
The Aztecs tied the score at 17-17
and never looked back after libero
Ryan Fitzgerald dug up a hard
hit Basha ball to give CdS at
2-point lead and force Basha to take
a time out. Corona hung on to win
the third game 25-22.
Once again the Bears played strong
in the fourth game to force a fifth
and final game to determine the
match. Basha served first and scored
the first 2 points.
The Aztecs seemed to struggle until
they were able to tie the score at
10-10 when the seniors took over to
score the final 5 points taking the
fifth game 15-10 to win the match
3-2. Demlong served five straight
balls, Sean Eddy made a great
pass, Bryant, Austin and Zener each
had vital kills while Austin and
Zener ended the match by roofing the
Bears opposite hitter.
It was only fitting that the seniors
saved one of their best games for
last since it would be the last one
they will ever play in Corona’s gym.
Corona has two regular season games left April 29 at Brophy and
May 1 at Sunrise Mountain. The
Aztecs, currently with a 9-6 regular
season record, will most likely be
the No. 15 seed in the state
tournament and play against
currently No. 2 power point ranked
Central Region Champion Mountain
Pointe, May 6, 6:30 p.m., at
Mountain Pointe High School.
for the state tournament schedule.