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Arizona boys volleyball teams were split into two divisions for the first time since 2011 and it has worked out to a certain degree.
A total of 32 teams, instead of 16, will make the postseason and the smaller, relatively new and less successful programs in Division II won't have to go through the traditional powers in the postseason.
"We are more competitive in the Division II arena," said Dobson (Mesa)
coach Paul Brown, whose program will be moving back to D-I next year under the new placement passed by the AIA. "We are not a traditional volleyball power and a vast majority of my guys play multiple sports, which we encourage, so we are not heavily loaded with club players and most years have had none."
There are 22 teams in Division I and 48 in Division II to create the new alignment.
There is a month in the regular season to find out which 16 teams in each classification will be playoff participants at the end of the year.
Here is a look at the individuals that will have a hand in leading their teams to the postseason. The information is taken from the MaxPreps stats leaderboards and only teams that supply their stats are reflected.Click here to see the Arizona boys volleyball stat leaderboards
Arizona boys volleyball statistical leaders
Hitting percentageCade Wilfert
, Mountain View (Mesa)
, Rincon/University (Tucson)
, Boulder Creek (Anthem)
Liam Santa Cruz, Boulder Creek 241
Patrick Ross, Boulder Creek 225
Bryce Whitman, Boulder Creek 187Assists
Andrew de Leon, Boulder Creek 667Chase Glasgow
, Salpointe Catholic (Tucson)
Nick Call, Canyon del Oro (Tucson)
Brian Guerrero, Rincon/University 33
Tanner Bohn, Mountain View (Mesa) 30Blocks
Isaiah Murphy, Cienega (Vail)
Skyler Cavanaugh, Cienega 51
Logan Grounds, Deer Valley (Glendale)
Grady O'Neil, Boulder Creek 256
Kenny Silvestro, Hamilton (Chandler)
Antonio Guarino, Corona del Sol (Tempe)
145Jason P. Skoda, a former Arizona Republic sports writer and current Prep Sports Director for Times Media Group, is a 20-year sports writing veteran. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.