Division I boys volleyball state championship
No. 2-seed Phoenix Brophy Prep (43-2) vs. No. 1 Chandler Hamilton (35-9-1)
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gilbert Mesquite High School.
Top players: Hamilton – Outside hitter Sam Haggard, middle hitter Richard Reid, setter Scottie Wiest, right-side Arian Bunthanom. Brophy Prep – Opposite Andrew Lincoln, setter/opposite Cole Herrmann, outside hitter/libero Carson Flood, middle blocker Austin Inglett.
Hamilton coach Jeff Bader: “When we beat them early in the season, they just got done playing in that Chandler tournament and they were ready for an upset. Andrew (Lincoln) played great, and his supporting cast didn’t play up to it. Lately, their supporting cast and Andrew have all played well. If they’re all playing well, they’re going to be tough to beat.”
Brophy Prep coach Tony Oldani: “From a coaching side, there’s a little pressure off. Now, we have a chance to complete the goal we’ve wanted. It’s the seniors’ last chance to practice in the gym. We’ll see what happens. We’re going to put a banner (either state runner-up or champions) on the wall. Now, it’s just, which wall? This is a team in the true sense.”