Arizona volleyball can’t afford mercy.
Not with the talent in the state. Or the talent coming in from out of state as the Nike Tournament of Champions rolls into the Valley for the fourth straight year. 60 teams, 41 of which are from Arizona, will compete in one of the biggest and most prominent prep volleyball tournaments in the country on Friday and Saturday. 19 teams from five states (California, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon) will also be participating.
Let’s break it down shall we?
NIKE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
SCHEDULE: Friday pool play begins at 10 a.m.; Saturday brackets begin at 10 a.m. For the full schedule, click here.
SITES: COURT ONE (9100 South McKemy St. in Tempe), Chandler High (350 N. Arizona Ave.) and Perry High (1919 E. Queen Creek Rd. in Gilbert).
POOLS: (Favorite in CAPS)
A-D — Pool play at Court One. Top two in each pool advance to Silver Bracket (Court One complex; Saturday 10 a.m.). Bottom two in each pool fill out Bronze Bracket (Court One complex; Saturday 10 a.m.).
A: FLAGSTAFF, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), Rincon, Thatcher
B: Veritas Prep, Mesa, SETON CATHOLIC, Northgate (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
C: ARCADIA, O’Connor, Ralston Valley (Arvada, Colo.), Tri-City Christian (Vista, Calif.)
D: Sunnyslope, FAITH LUTHERAN (Las Vegas), Northwest Christian, Prescott
Division favorite: Arcadia. Contender: Faith Lutheran. Dark horse: Flagstaff. Pool of Death: A.
F-K — Pool play at Court One. Top two in each pool advance to Platinum Bracket (highest bracket) (Court One complex; Saturday 2 p.m.). Bottom two in each pool fill out Silver Bracket (Court One complex; Saturday 11 a.m.)
F: ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY (St. Louis), Menlo (Atherton, Calif.), Corona del Sol, South Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
G: Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), MARIST (Chicago), Desert Vista, Valencia (Valencia, Calif.)
H: HAMILTON, Gilbert, Roseburg (Roseburg, Ore.), Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
K: THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL (La Jolla, Calif.), Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Basha, Mountain Pointe
Division favorite: St. Joseph’s Academy. Contender: Marist. Dark horse: Hamilton. Pool of Death: H.
M-P — Pool play at Court One and Perry. Top two in each pool advance to Diamond Bracket (Perry and Candler; Saturday at 10 a.m.). Bottom two in each pool fill out Sapphire Bracket (Perry and Chandler; Saturday at 11 a.m.)
M: DEER VALLEY, Safford, Dobson, Red Mountain
N: Millennium, Jordan (?), BLUE RIDGE, Mesquite
O: St. Mary’s, TEMPE PREP, Desert Mountain, Sahuaro
P: VALLEY CHRISTIAN, Mountain View, Perry, St. Paul (?)
Division favorite: Deer Valley. Contender: Valley Christian. Dark horse: Tempe Prep. Pool of Death: M.
Q-S — Pool play at Chandler. Top two in each pool advance to Ruby Bracket (Court One and Perry; Saturday 11 a.m. and noon). Bottom two in each pool fill out Emerald Bracket (Perry; Saturday 5 p.m.)
Q: Joy Christian, Sunrise Mountain, CHANDLER, Apache Junction
R: SABINO, Willow Canyon, Horizon Honors, Show Low
S: Valley Lutheran, VISTA DEL LAGO (Folson, Calif.), Williams Field, Yucca Valley (Yucca Valley, Calif.)
Division favorite: Sabino. Contender: Vista del Lago. Dark horse: Chandler. Pool of Death: R.