When Taylorsville and Bingham met earlier this season, the match went three games. On Tuesday, with No. 3 Taylorsville missing one of their best hitters, the prospects looked good for the Miners to improve on that performance. Instead, the Warriors used a solid team effort to beat the Miners 15-10, 15-11, sweep the regular-season series and remain undefeated.
Last week, after Taylorsville beat Hillcrest, Warrior hitter Netta Lealaitafea was in the bathroom when a rock was thrown through the window. A piece of falling glass cut Lealaitafea's little finger, severing a tendon and making her unavailable for Tuesday's match.In Lealaitafea's absence, Bingham coach Esther Halliday tried to shut down Taylorsville's leading hitter Angie Walker by chasing 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-2 blockers Emily Van Dyck and Krissy Applegate at her. In the process, she hoped to force the Warriors to spread the hitting duties around.
With more chances than usual, it was Warrior outside hitter Wendy Pehrson who came up big. She knocked nine kills over, through and around the Bingham blocks. The rest of the team came through with great defense and kills at critical moments of the match.
The team effort allowed Taylorsville to take the first game and develop a commanding lead in the second before the Miners began to rally. Trailing 14-5, Bingham made a last-ditch effort, scoring seven consecutive points. After a timeout, it was Walker, who was credited with seven kills, and who closed out the match with a spike that went untouched deep into the Miner defense.
The Warriors improved to 11-0 and clinched at least a tie for the Region 3 title. Bingham fell into a three-way tie for second place in the region with Hunter and Cyprus at 8-3.
Elsewhere in the state:
Davis def. Bonneville, 15-13, 15-8
At Bonneville, Davis strengthened its unbeaten record with a win over the Lakers 15-3, 15-8. The No. 4 ranked Darts are now 11-0, while Bonneville is 8-3.
Layton def. Roy, 8-15, 15-10, 15-11
At Roy, the Lancers improved to 5-6 in region play. Roy is now 4-7.
Viewmont def. Northridge, 15-10, 15-9
At Northridge, the Knights were unable to break into the win column, falling short against the Vikings. Viewmont is now 4-7.
Skyline def. Highland, 14-16, 15-8, 15-4
At Skyline, Lori Gardner led the Eagles past the Rams in a three-game match. Gardner had 10 kills and was assisted by Jen Edwards who pitched-in three aces, seven kills and three blocks. Stacy Reber, filling in for the injured Emily Smith, played excellent defense and was credited with eight digs, three saves and four aces.
East def. Olympus, 15-10, 15-12
At East, the Leopards moved into sole possession of fourth place in Region 2 with a win over the Titans. East is now 4-6 while the Titans fell to 2-7.
Alta def. Brighton, 15-10, 15-12
At Alta, the Hawks improved to 8-3 and remained in third place in Region 2. Brighton remained winless.
Hunter def. Hillcrest, 15-4, 15-3
At Hunter, led by Jamie Young who had six kills, the Wolverines made quick work of the Huskies to improve their record 8-3 and grab a share of second place in the region. The Huskies are now 2-9.
Cyprus def. West Jordan, 15-8, 8-15, 15-3
At West Jordan, the Jaguars nearly won their first match of the year, taking the Pirates to three games. With the win, Cyprus improved to 8-3 and moved into a three-way tie for second with Hunter and Bingham. West Jordan remained winless.
Provo def. Orem, 15-4, 15-5
At Orem, the Bulldogs used the outstanding play of Sara Saluone and Nashika Stokes to make easy work of Orem. The No. 2 ranked Bulldogs are now 7-0 and Orem is 2-5.
American Fork def. Timpview, 15-0, 7-15, 15-2
At Timpview, the Cavemen downed Timpview in a match that went back and forth. American Fork is now 5-2, while Timpview remains winless.
Bear River def. Ogden, 15-9, 15-9
At Ogden, Nancy Deru had 10 kills and five blocks to lead the Tigers, but it wasn't enough. It was Bear River's first win in region play, the Tigers fell to 5-5.
Logan def. Ben Lomond, 15-9, 15-3
At Logan, the Grizzlies blew past Ben Lomond behind the play of Katie Jenson. Logan is now 5-3 and the Scots are 2-6.