Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

AZ Central All-State 4A

The Az Central Class 4A all-state first team:

  • Maddie Bushman
  • Jacquie Cason
  • Alex Green
  • Haley Lawless
  • Madison Kingdon
  • Katie Rutherford

Monday, November 30, 2009

Az Star's Volleyball List

Once again, the crack staff of the Az Star (and a very select group of area coaches) is out with their All-Southern Arizona vball team lists. Last year, Stephanie Ziegler was done wrong by these geniuses. This year, it's Zanna Sarama (2nd team) and Zoe Calhoun (3rd team). Here is their list:

First Team
• Erin Bradley, Sr., Amphitheater
• Maddie Bushman, Jr., Sabino
• Jacquie Cason, Sr., Cienega
• Michaela Christiaansen, Jr., Ironwood Ridge
• Emily Graham, Sr., Catalina
• Alyssa Mort, Sr., Rincon/University

Monday, November 23, 2009

Playin' Zona 18

Thanks to Pat Mooney and Molly Stark for a great club season last year at Sprial. Played with many of the top players in Arizona and finally made it to JO's. Tried out at both Spiral and Zona this weekend. The grind to Chandler and back last year was tough on the whole family. Two hours each way, twice a week, and many Saturdays.

Tough decision, but committed yesterday afternoon to Zona. Levi Quesada and Rachel Balsiger will be the coaches, and that was a huge plus from the start. Should be fun, and just about everybody is looking to play at the next level.

Zona 18-1
  • Zoe Calhoun (S)
  • Zanna Sarama (OH)
  • Erin Bradley (MB/OH)
  • Iyonna Zortman (L/DS/OH)
  • Michelle Snyder (OH)
  • Emily Malisewski (RS/MB)
  • Kyla Wang (MB)
  • Desiree Scott (MB)
  • Haleigh Householder (S/RS)
  • Jacquie Cason (OH/RS)

Friday, November 13, 2009

High School Finale

This connection wasn't working real good last night. And so it goes. Got swept by Cactus Shadows.

Best high school vball season in Cienega history. Several "firsts." Beat Sabino...twice. Beat Amphi. Won the TUSD tournament. Made it to the second round of the state playoffs. Time for the Bubba Keg to move on to one more season of club ball.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

National Letter of Intent Signing Day

The dynamic duo of Sun Park and Jacquie Cason on NLI signing day at Cienega High. Jacquie and Sun are two of five girls, all from Old Vail Middle School, who are heading for D1 college programs. Sun will play golf at Yale.

UPDATE: Here is a link to UTEP's press release from today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

4A-1 State Playoffs Round One

Cienega in four very tough sets over Apache Junction. Got to hand it to the Prospectors. They made great adjustments to meet our attack, and their digging and hustle was spectacular.

Thursday is Cactus Shadows day again. We lost to them two years ago in round one of the playoffs. We lost to them in five sets last season. Then we lost to them in their tournament...but we didn't have Zoe for that last one.

Tucson Citizen First Team All Star

From yesterday's Tucson Citizen online:
4A-1 First Team
  • Maddie Bushman, Sabino
  • Jacquie Cason, Cienega
  • Michelle Snyder, Catalina Foothills
  • Kayla Henry, Canyon del Oro
  • Lindsay Honea, Marana
  • Zoe Calhoun, Cienega

And Tiana Fox made the second team list!

This was a better list than last season's AZ Star list. Shouldn't take these things very seriously. There are no real selection standards, so it's really just a local popularity contest among people with a vested interest in making their kid or program shine.

In our state, Tucson kids rarely get any love from the Phoenix media. They have an end-of-the-season list they call "All-Arizona," but they've never included any Tucson kids on that list. CDO's Stephanie Ziegler got no love in Tucson or Phoenix last season. She's now playing at NMSU. Other states have more objective process for end-of-season honors. Wish Arizona did.

What's most important is your coach and teammates respect you, your opponents fear and game plan around you, and college coaches, who get paid to judge performance and talent, want you on their team.

Arizona 4A State Playoffs Start Tonight (and NLI Day Tomorrow)

Apache Junction is in our house tonight at 7 p.m.

Nice preview of the 4A championships from AZ Central's, Odeen Domingo: http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/OdeenDomingo/67149

The second round is Thursday and the championships are Monday night in Phoenix.

Tomorrow is NCAA National Letter of Intent signing day and Cienega is hosting a mini-event at school tomorrow morning. Go Miners!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


(image: Zona Gardens)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sahauro vs.Cienega Write-Up in the AZ Star

Bobcats sweep key rival again
Long point runs help Cienega stay unbeaten in Kino

Calhoun and Cason, a pair that Mott calls the best setter-hitter combo
in the area, were clicking against Sahuaro.

As usual, Cason filled the stat sheet with kills — she had 17 — and Calhoun registered 25 assists.

Read the entire article at the AZ Star online

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dopey Poll Fun

A poll this week on the AZ Star asks you to pick the top vballer in Southern Arizona. The poll is about half-way down on the right side. And no, the finalists will receive any free Nfinity kneepads.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cienega vs. Sabino-Take Two and Pics!

"Jeez," Cienega's second match versus Sabino was highlighted in today's AZ Star: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/preps/311221

UA vball star, former Jacquie's coach and current CDO Coach, Kristina Baum, has a dad who is a really good vball photographer. Here is a link that will take you to some images from last week's Cactus Shadows Falcon Classic: http://biggirlinthemiddle.com/

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cactus Shadows Falcon Classic

We finished 5th in the gold division despite missing senior setter, Zoe Calhoun. Had a shot at beating CDO, but fell apart in game three.

All-Tournament Team:
Alex Green, OH, Cactus (She's why Arrowhead digs everything)
Summer Anderson, OH, Cactus Shadows
Jordan Smith, L, Cactus Shadows
Micaela Forest-Catalde, OH, Canyon del Oro
Abby Kleinsmith, MB, Chaparral
Liz Prieto, OH, Parker

Tournament MVP.......Jaquie Cason, OH, Cienega

Friday, September 18, 2009

Senior Ace!

Somewhere in the top 150! This is a huge honor. Eleven right sides in the top 100 and seven more in the top 150. Thanks to all you college coaches and John Tawa for bringing it all together.
Cool weekend ahead. UTEP vs. UA and New Mexico. Go Miners!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cienega Takes the TUSD Invitational

2009 TUSD Tournament Champs!
Didn't lose a set all weekend until game one of the final against Sabino. Then came back and won the next two. Cienega's first victories ever against Amphi and Sabino.

Cienega Volleyball http://www.zonagardens.com/cienegavolleyball/Welcome.html

The AZ Daily Star's article about the tournament: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/preps/307899

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cienega High School Season Schedule

The season starts Friday with the TUSD Tournament at Pueblo High. Here is the season schedule:

Sep 4-5 TUSD Tournament@Palo Verde -WON!
Sep 8 Pueblo
Sep 10 Rincon
Sep 15 @Catalina
Sep 16 Buena
Sep 24 @Catalina Foothills
Sep 26 Cactus Shadows Tournament
Sep 29 Sabino
Oct 1 @Salpointe
Oct 6 Nogales
Oct 8 @Sahuaro
Oct 13 Desert View
Oct 15 Ironwood Ridge
Oct 20 @Marana
Oct 22 @Nogales
Oct 23-24 Mountain View Tournament
Oct 27 Sahuaro
Oct 29 @Desert View
Nov 3 @Flowing Wells
Nov 5 Marana

Week of Nov 9, State Playoffs

Friday, August 14, 2009

AVCA Under Armour HS All-American Watch List

Spiral rules Arizona on this year's watch list

Chanel Brown - Sprial

Jacquie Cason - Spiral
Kyle Hartman - Sprial
Betsi Metter - Spiral
Stephanie Preach - AVA
Cassie Ronda - Spiral
Katie Rutherford - AZ Storm
Erin Truett - Spiral

They'll pick a first and second team in November, and then the top 24 selected for the first team will get an invite to Florida to play in a December exhibition.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Go Miners!

I visited The University of Texas at El Paso the last weekend in April and decided to commit this week.

Thanks to head coach Ken Murphy, assistant coaches Angela Mooney and Azadeh Boroumand, the players and the UTEP athletics staff for welcoming me into the Miner family.

Thanks to my Spiral 18 coach, Pat Mooney, for being my coach and for his patience and advice throughout.

And thanks to all who took the time to watch me play both live and via video stream on this site.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Jacquie Plays on the Outside

New video from last week shot during a Spiral-on-Spiral scrimmage. Jacquie is in the white kneepads and without the trademark white headband.

Friday, April 3, 2009

More Video-Colorado Crossroads 2009

#17 in the white headband...

New Video (finally) from March in the Arizona Region

A short clip of Spiral vs. Az Storm. We won this one...

#17 in the white headband.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Video from Arizona Region Play

This one is vs. Arrowhead in March 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Crossroads Qualifier

Hi from Tucson,
We placed 5th after going in ranked somewhere in the 20's. We remained undefeated until Sunday, where we lost to Club Performance then turned around and beat Central Cal. In the three-way playoff, we beat Club Performance then lost to Cal 25-23 in the one set playoff. In the end, we missed qualifying by those two points.

Great competition. I got to play left on Friday. I think we are making our mark on the national vball scene. We were the highest finishing Arizona team in the tournament. Check out the results: http://www.coloradocrossroads.org/past_results/09_results/0918Ofinish.pdf

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jacquie Cason Game Footage from Las Vegas

Dad here. Two video clips from the Las Vegas Invitational. Spiral 18's three-set match against Santa Barbara 18 Blue. Jax on the right side in the ubiquitous white headband. Special thanks to the Green Valley High School gym bleachers and a tube of lip balm for serving as my video camera tripod for day one of the invitational. Once again, you can double click a clip and then select "watch in high quality" on the jcasonvball YouTube site.

Clip #1:

Clip #2:

Monday, February 2, 2009

There's a New Number One in AZ

Spiral 18-1 is now #1 in the AZ Region Open Division after the second Saturday of play. It took three sets to defeat AZ Storm (who beat us in the Fiesta Classic) and take over the top spot.

Next up is Las Vegas.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Az Region Open Play This Weekend

Spiral 18-1 will play the second Saturday of open division play this weekend at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. We're seeded #2.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Spiral Club Season Preview

The club season gets going for Spiral 18-1 with the first Arizona Region tournament this Saturday. We'll host the pre-season's top eight teams at our facility in Chandler. Here is a link to the schedule, and here are directions to our gym. We go in ranked #1 in the open division. Molly and Pat like to remind us that it is a good thing to have a target on your back to start a season.

Then we're going to participate in the Fiesta Classic January 17-19. We'll also be at Las Vegas in February and Crossroads and Lone Star later in the spring.