Lady Vandals bow to St. Johns in state volleyball playoffs

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Miami’s Demetria Dosela (12) and Savannah Pietila (3) guard the net as Kingman Academy’s Brenna McGrew (18) sets the ball for teammates.

The Miami Lady Vandals varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in this season’s AIA Conference 2A state championships, losing 3-0 to the St. Johns Lady Redskins in Saturday’s first round matchup at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix. Third-seeded St. Johns won the match 25-13, 25-11, 25-13. Miami was seeded 14th.

On Halloween night, Miami earned their way into the championship playoffs with a play-in round victory over the Kingman Academy Lady Tigers. Playing in their home gym, the Lady Vandals notched a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-12, 25-10). In the first set the Lady Tigers rallied to overcome a big Miami lead, closing to within a point, before the Lady Vandals pulled out the two-point win. Miami then controlled the next two sets.

Miami finished their season 18-8, coming in second in 2A Valley at 8-4.