North Pointe finished up the season tonight at ASU Prep, and took control early, survived a fight late, before taking control again and winning in five. Tonight leaders were Jaci Norton with 13 kills, Abby Rice with 11, and Chaeli Hoehn with 10, Kenia Esquivel also added 32 assists and 10 Aces. Defensively Julia Burke had 19 digs, and Chaeli Hoehn had 10. The team grew this year, increasing it win total of two last year to five this year, and had two players finish with more than 100 kills in a season for the first time in school history. Jaci Norton with 119, and Emily Wales with 108. Defensively Julia Burke finished the season with 182 digs, surpassing the previous record of 179, set by Emily Wales last season. There are also several players who finished top 10 in the region this year. Jaci Norton finished #7 in the region in hitting percentage, and #9 in kills, while Emily Wales finished #10. Kenia Esquivel finished #5 in the region in assists, and #6 in Aces. Abbie Barajas finished #8 in Blocks, and Julia Burke finished #7 in digs, while Emily Wales finished 8th. “We had a lot of growth this season, some of it was technical and most of it was mental. The program is moving in the right direction. Thank you to our seniors, who led us, pushed us, and dedicated themselves to 4 years of Falcon Volleyball. We love you and will miss you,” said Coach Dan.
North Pointe visited Valley Christian on their senior night tonight and lost, 3-0. The Trojans are 2nd in our region, and one of the strongest teams in the 3A Conference, and they flexed those muscles tonight. North Pointe fought hard and continued with their strong defensive form. They were led by Abby Rice with four kills along Jaci Norton and Kenia Esquivel each contributing another two kills. “Our passing really hurt us tonight, but we played well in chaos and continued to fight against one of the best teams in the state. We did everything we could, but just got overwhelmed. It’s part of the growth process. We will continue to get better and learn from these kinds of situations for the the future,” said Coach Walsh.
The home portion of the Falcons season wrapped up tonight with a visit from Casteel. North Pointe continued their strong defensive play, but were eventually taken down by a stronger team. The Falcons were led by Emma Wales, Abby Rice and Jaci Norton with four kills a piece, and Abbie Barajas with two kills and three aces. “Casteel is the superior team, and should have won, but we played tough and made them work for everything. The most important thing is that we didn’t back down, we kept working hard, and set a new standard for Falcon Volleyball. This was a strong week and a big step forward in the process,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe hosted Yuma Catholic in what turned out to be an absolute barn burner that went the distance in five sets. The first two games went to extra points, 26-24 and 28-30, and the teams traded points the entire night, keeping each game close until the very end. While your Falcons eventually lost 3-2, it was a night for the record books. Emma Wales set a new single match record of 23 kills, beating the previous record of 16 set in 2013 and Kenia Esquivel set a new single match record of 37 assists, beating the previous record of 33 set in 2008. “Tonight we realized how capable we can be when we give full effort. Each player left everything they had on the floor all night long, and it was us playing together, relying on each other, covering each other that got us to the brink tonight. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t put it away, but it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come in two short years,” said Coach Walsh.
The Falcons opened up their last home stand of the season hosting 6th ranked Valley Christian. North Pointe fought hard in each of the three games, but ultimately fell, 3-0. The team was led by Emma Wales with five kills, seven digs and Jaci Norton with five kills and five digs, and Abbie Barajas with four kills and an ace. “There is a reason Valley Christian is ranked so highly, they have a lot of weapons, and it was too much for us to overcome tonight. We played as a team, fought for everything and challenged them deep into the third game. We gave them everything we had, which is all we can ask for,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe hosted ASU Prep for their last game before their tournament this weekend, and made it a clean sweep for the win. Game 1 was a point for trade off throughout most of the game, until your Falcons clinched it with the final three points. Game 2 the Falcons were down 11-18, and went on a run to go ahead 20-18, before finally winning 25-22. Game 3 the Falcons were in control the entire way, before closing it out 25-18. Emma Wales led the team with six kills and five Aces, while Jaci Norton added six kills and Abby Rice had five kills. “It was about finding ourselves again tonight, and they responded and had fun,” said Coach Walsh.