Tempe Prep Volleyball finishes 3rd in State

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Great memories live on from the fall sports season. Tempe Prep’s Lady Knights volley­ball team entered into the state tournament ranked 30th. They finished the tournament as underdogs, making it to the semi-finals and placing 3rd in state, going way further than they had expected.

Tempe Prep Senior Niki Gourley explains: “At first we didn’t expect to go far but as we kept doing better, other teams would take us more seriously and we really succeeded.” The lesson from this season is to never underestimate yourself.

The girls ended their season with an eight-game winning streak. The team learned to work together, and had fun with their new coach this season. Niki says her favorite memories from this season were “bonding with my teammates – we did so much stuff together – and also beating Horizon Honors who was the Number 2 seed.”

Beyond success on the court, the girls enjoyed lots of team activities and team bonding, including attend­ing head coach Lindy Dyer’s wedding.

This season has been a successful one for girls’ vol­leyball, and they have grown so much since their last season and even the begin­ning of the year. It will be exciting to see how they continue to grow for future seasons.

Article by Katherine Camberg, a senior editor and staff writer for De Equitibus, Tempe Preparatory Academy’s student newspaper.


Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state (2016) and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org

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