Coach Questions Rankings

Undefeated volleyball team falls five spots


Mckenzie Creighton sets the ball for a teammate as the Lady Longhorns display their mettle in a 3-0 loss to Flagstaff. They  go up against Camp Verde Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Dome.

Mckenzie Creighton sets the ball for a teammate as the Lady Longhorns display their mettle in a 3-0 loss to Flagstaff. They go up against Camp Verde Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Dome. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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During the 2011-2012 high school sports season, the highly controversial power points formula used to seed prep teams into the postseason swirled with more drama than a morning full of soap operas.

Supposedly the flaws were corrected when the Arizona Interscholastic Association teamed up with online database MaxPreps to calculate and store power points.

But, don’t tell Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink the formula has been corrected — he’s still confused.

At the conclusion of the third week in September, “Our record was 6-0 and good enough for seventh in state (Division III),” the coach said. “Last week, our 9-0 record was good enough to move us to 12th.”

Just how the team could fall five spots in the ranking after winning three tough matches, puzzled a befuddled Stonebrink.

“I can’t understand it, last year we had the second most difficult schedule in the state, which resulted in our nearly making it to (the postseason) with a 9-9 record.” he said. “This year, it’s like the opposite — it’s almost as if our schedule is working against us.

“We had the lowest ranking of any undefeated team and there were a number of teams with losses and a lesser number of wins ranked ahead of us.”

Particularly troubling is that Tuba City with a 3-3 record is ranked seventh, five spots ahead of the undefeated Lady Longhorns.

Also, a pair of 6-2 teams — Cactus and Florence — are ranked fifth and sixth respectively.

As mystified as Stonebrink is, he’s willing to give the system more time.

“We’ll see if the power rankings make more sense as the season goes on.”

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Lady Longhorn Emma Randall, #9, slams one over the net in a recent game against Scottsdale Saguaro High School.

Refusing to be dismayed by the rankings, Payson traveled Sept. 25 to Lakeside to take on a Blue Ridge team that Stonebrink contends has been up and down all season long.

But on that night in BRHS gymnasium, the Lady Yellow Jackets were on the upswing, dealing PHS its first regular season loss of the season.

Payson won the first set handily, 25-16, but then lost the next three 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20.

“After the first set, Blue Ridge was able to completely stymie our hitting attack,” Stonebrink said. “We hit an abysmal .061 for the match.”

There was one player, however, who did not struggle.

“Sydney Samuels led the team in During the 2011-2012 high school sports season, the highly controversial power points formula used to seed prep teams into the postseason swirled with more drama than a morning full of soap operas.

Supposedly the flaws were corrected when the Arizona Interscholastic Association teamed up with online database MaxPreps to calculate and store power points.

But, don’t tell Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink the formula has been corrected — he’s still confused.

At the conclusion of the third week in September, “Our record was 6-0 and good enough for seventh in state (Division III),” the coach said. “Last week, our 9-0 record was good enough to move us to 12th.”

Just how the team could fall five spots in the ranking after winning three tough matches, puzzled a befuddled Stonebrink.

“I can’t understand it, last year we had the second most difficult schedule in the state, which resulted in our nearly making it to (the postseason) with a 9-9 record.” he said. “This year, it’s like the opposite — it’s almost as if our schedule is working against us.

“We had the lowest ranking of any undefeated team and there were a number of teams with losses and a lesser number of wins ranked ahead of us.”

Particularly troubling is that Tuba City with a 3-3 record is ranked seventh, five spots ahead of the undefeated Lady Longhorns.

Also, a pair of 6-2 teams — Cactus and Florence — are ranked fifth and sixth respectively.

As mystified as Stonebrink is, he’s willing to give the system more time.

“We’ll see if the power rankings make more sense as the season goes on.”

Refusing to be dismayed by the rankings, Payson traveled Sept. 25 to Lakeside to take on a Blue Ridge team that Stonebrink contends has been up and down all season long.

But on that night in BRHS gymnasium, the Lady Yellow Jackets were on the upswing, dealing PHS its first regular season loss of the season.

Payson won the first set handily, 25-16, but then lost the next three 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20.

“After the first set, Blue Ridge was able to completely stymie our hitting attack,” Stonebrink said. “We hit an abysmal .061 for the match.”

There was one player, however, who did not struggle.

“Sydney Samuels led the team in

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