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The Sedona Red Rock High School volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season Tuesday, Aug. 31, after defeating rival Mingus Union High School on its home floor, 3-1.

Rachel Cook goes for a kill against rival Mingus Union High School on Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the season opener for the Sedona Red Rock High School volleyball team. Sedona defeated its rivals 3-1 and improved to 2-0 on the season.Last year, the Marauders couldn’t help but be upset their rival defeated them to begin the season in 2009, and were looking to get revenge Tuesday in front of their home crowd.

In a preseason interview with Mingus Head Coach Audrey Islas, she revealed her team was really looking forward to getting Sedona at home to open the season.

She discussed how the Marauders couldn’t believe the Scorpions beat them last year and that her team was even more motivated to win this time around.

Apparently, Mingus forgot its inner anger Tuesday when Sedona jumped all over it in game one, 25-14.
“The girls got off to a good start in game one. They were intense,” longtime Sedona Head Coach John Parks said.

Sedona students showed up in full force Tuesday and almost outnumbered Marauders fans on their home court, giving a jolt of energy to their favorite volleyball team.

In game two however, Sedona lost its edge a bit and struggled, losing to Mingus in a tight one, 26-24.

“I think we lost our focus between games one and two. We got it back together for games three and four but the momentum we gained in game one was hard to match later on,” Parks said.

The Scorpions eventually won games three and four by the final score of 25-22, to take the match, 3-1.

Mingus’ final gasp came on an attack which went into the net to give Sedona the 25-22 victory in game four and the match. It was one of 19 hitting errors on the night for the Marauders.

In its first match of the season, Sedona beat another rival in Camp Verde High School by the final score of
3-0 to open their regular season schedule Aug. 26, giving them a 2-0 record to begin the year.

Standouts for Sedona included junior Katie Furlong who had 13 kills, three blocks, three digs and two ace serves while sophomore teammate Brenna Barker had 25 assists and three ace serves.

Senior Rachel Cook got in on the action as well, recording 14 kills and six digs while junior Chelsea Strong was excellent at libero, recording 18 digs.

Sedona had issues with errors of its own, recording 13 attack errors and 10 service errors against Mingus on Tuesday, but with the season just beginning, there’s plenty of time to clean it up.

Mingus had 10 ace serves as a team along with six blocks and 37 kills.

Up next, the Scorpions will host Northwest Christian Academy in their 2010 home opener Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Northwest Christian handed Sedona one of its few losses in 2009, 3-1, and was a final four team in the 2A conference state playoffs last November.

Northwest Christian eventually lost to Thatcher High School in the state semifinals, 3-2.

After the Northwest Christian game, Sedona is scheduled to play host to Williams High School on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Both matches are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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