Ironwood Ridge head volleyball coach Bill Lang began asking the district, his athletic director, and principal for the ability to start a sand volleyball team at the school in 2011.
"How about this year, how about this year?" Lang recalls.
But in 2014, Heather Moore-Martin was the first coach to get the nod at Salpointe Catholic High School. With no team in Tucson to compete with, the team would play matches in the Phoenix area as their only option.
That inconvenience changed this year.
Ironwood Ridge became the second team in Tucson to have a high school sand volleyball team, creating opportunities for young players who competed indoors to play outdoors.