Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month: Derrick Vargas of Cienega

Derrick Vargas is one of the best players in the country in hitting percentage (Andy Morales/

Cienega is 26-4 and is ranked No. 1 in 5A men’s volleyball in the state entering the playoffs and senior outside hitter/center tackle Derrick Vargas is a big reason for the Bobcats’ dominance.

Vargas, 6-foot-5, is ranked No. 17 nationally in hit percentage at .444, according to MaxPreps, and he leads the Bobcats in kills (224) and kills per set (3.0).

Cienega was undefeated (8-0) in their 5A South matches in April with Vargas one of the captains.

Also during the month, he recorded hitting percentages of .600 against Sabino, .700 against Williams Field, and .455 against Ironwood Ridge and Catalina Foothills. He also averaged 3.1 kills per set.

His dominance in April for the top 5A team in the state earned him Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month honors.


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Javier Morales, publisher, writer and editor of, is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News, and Baseball America, among many other publications. He is also the author of the book “The Highest Life Form”, which is available on Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is currently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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