By Kevin Cloe
Despite her team losing all 10 of their region matches this season, sophomore Kaizley Davidson was recently named to the 3A West girls volleyball all-region second team.
Davidson, daughter of fourth-year coach Terrie Davidson, led the Lady Wranglers in kill shots (88), service aces (40), defensive blocked shots (16), and assists (105).
She was the second youngest selected player to the first and second teams — topped only by Northwest Christian 6-foot-1 freshman Kierstyn Barton.
Joining her on the all-region recognitions were seniors Jeri Rainey and Sadie White, who were both placed on the Honorable Mention roster.
Rainey, playing in her second year for the Lady Wranglers, led the Wranglers this season in service receptions (332) and defensive digs (208). She was the starting libero (defensive specialist) for Coach Davidson’s team.
White, playing in her third year on the varsity squad, was second on the team for kill shots (51), service aces (35), defensive blocked shots (13), defensive digs (88), and service receptions (123).
The Lady Wranglers finished the entire season with a 1-21 record — capturing its only win at the Payson tournament early in the year against San Manuel. They also picked up a tie during that tournament, but tourney results were not counted in the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) power point standings, where the local girls (0-18 by the AIA) were ranked 40th out of 41 teams.
Northwest Christian, which eventually won its second consecutive 3A Conference state championship, placed five of its starters on the seven-player all-region first team.
The Crusaders dominated the other five 3A West Region teams this past season, not losing a single set in their 10 outings (30-0). Then they went on to shut out each of their four opponents in the state tournament (12-0) for the second consecutive year.
With the state title, the Lady Crusaders claimed their 11th state championship in their 35-year history.