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Durango’s Darlings Dazzle Yet Again

Alexa Hendricks controls the pass for Assumption, which at times resembled more of a freight train than a high school volleyball team.

We’ll get to everything that was Day 2 at Durango High School in further depth in the next day or two.

The headline of course is Assumption capping off its fourth Durango Fall Classic title in five years, and fifth in the past seven, by sweeping Redondo Union, 25-10, 25-21, in the final. The two schools also met in last year’s championship clash and the repeat performance by the Rockets in 2018 will elevate Assumption to No. 1 in the nation when the updated rankings come out later in the week. 

Assumption entered the weekend ranked No. 2, behind No. 1 Walton. That showdown never materialized though, as Cathedral Catholic of San Diego sprung the upset on the Raiders to open Saturday’s competition. Cathedral Catholic was knocked out by Xavier Prep in the quarterfinals, as Xavier fell to Redondo in the semis. 

The other semifinal featured Assumption downing third-ranked Mater Dei in three sets, 25-16, 15-25, 25-17, in a highly-anticipated contest. While much of the buzz on Day 1 centered around how deep this year’s Durango field was, the talk of Day 2 revolved around just how strong Assumption looked in leaving town with the trophy. 

The Rockets showed it all day with their superior play and are well-deserving of their soon-to-be No. 1 ranking. 

This season will come to a close eventually for Assumption and if from here on it goes the way the Rockets desire, then we can truly start discussing where this group fits in all time among both Assumption greats and Durango champs. 

For now, let’s enjoy the results from the greatest day of high school volleyball there is, when the top 16 get together on Day 2 at Durango HS, where Assumption left absolutely no doubt as to which team is currently the best in the country. 

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