The Skyline and Olympus high school football teams will hook up in one of the state's oldest and fiercest rivalries Friday. On Thursday, the girls volleyball teams from the same two schools met up to settle a rivalry of their own that, to them, is just as deep and equally important.
And you could tell.There was more screaming and yelling in the Skyline gym than you'll find during most pep rallies. The only thing missing were the cheerleaders, but red-faced, enthusiastic parents, faculty and students made up for that.
Coming into the game, the Titans must have known that they had their work cut out for them. The Eagles were unbeaten on the year, holders of the top ranking in the state and playing on their own turf. But despite the magnitude of the task, the Titans seemed undaunted, at least temporarily. They led early in the match but fell short later on, losing in two games, 15-9, 15-3.
In the first game, after giving up the first point to the Eagles, the Titans seemed to take control. Led by great team defense, emotion and the touch shots of Jana Brewer, the Titans scored seven consecutive points to take a 7-1 lead that prompted a wealth of cheers and screams from the gals in green and prompted the Eagles to take a timeout and discuss things.
According to Skyline coach Joan Burdette, she didn't share anything particularly profound with her team during the timeout, she simply told them to take what Olympus was giving. Specifically, she told the Eagles to hit down the line.
`Olympus had done their homework,' Burdette said. `They played great defense to open up and they were ready for our power game, so we had to make a change.'
Skyline team captain Lori Gardner put Burdette's words into action first. Following the timeout, she served four consecutive points, two of which she ended with hard-driven balls - down the line.
From there, sophomore hitter Sara Shakula took over. Going down the line time after time, Shakula racked up eight kills, with three blocks for good measure, leading the Eagles to a 15-9 victory in the first game.
In the second game, with their sleeves rolled up to their shoulders, the Eagles made quick work of the Titans. Cindy Heugly, fresh from a back injury that has kept her sidelined all season and still wearing a brace, seemed to send a message from the beginning. She blocked the Titans' first serve to sideout and two rotations later served 11 consecutive points to put the Eagles ahead 13-0.
From there, the Eagles coasted to take the match. With the win, the top-ranked Eagles improved to 5-0 in region play while Olympus fell to 1-3.
Elsewhere in the state:
Bonneville def. Viewmont, 15-7, 12-15, 15-9
At Bonneville, Stephani Corry lead the Lakers past the Vikings while filling the dual-role of setter/outside hitter to perfection. Corry had seven kills, nine assists, four blocks and five blocks in a great all-around performance. Amber Shaw also played well for the Lakers, contributing 10 kills and 12 blocks to the winning effort. Bonneville improves to 3-2 with the win while Viewmont falls to 1-4.
Davis def. Weber, 15-3, 8-15, 15-6
At Weber, the Darts moved into sole possession of first place in region 1 with a three-game win over Weber. Brenda Barton and Regan Taylor made an outstanding combination as Barton racked up 27 kills and Taylor dished 18 assists. Davis remained unbeaten at 5-0 with the win, while Weber fell to 4-1.
Highland def. Brighton, 15-3, 13-15, 15-5
At Brighton, Highland won their first match in region play by beating the winless Bengals. For the Rams, Marianne Condi had an excellent game, serving 15 balls (11 consecutively) of which six were aces. Brighton remained winless with the defeat.
Cottonwood def. East, 15-13, 15-9
At Cottonwood, the Colts overcame a 12-3 deficit in the first game to win the match in two games. Keri Bennett led Cottonwood with 14 kills. The Colts improved their region record to 3-1 and will next face No. 1 ranked Skyline. The Leopards fell to 2-3 with the defeat.
Taylorsville def. West Jordan 15-6, 15-7
At Taylorsville, the No. 3 ranked Warriors breezed by West Jordan to improve their unbeaten record to 5-0. Angie Walker had a good hitting and serving match for Taylorsville. In the second game, Jessica Button dominated with 11 points. West Jordan is now 0-5 with the loss. Bingham def. Hillcrest 15-4, 15-4
At Bingham, Krissy `The Whip' Applegate led the Miners past the Huskies with eight kills and senior Heather Olsen set up 18 assists and served for 13 points in the match. Bingham improved to 4-1 with the win and Hillcrest fell to 1-4.
Hunter def. Kearns, 15-9, 15-3
At Hunter, the Wolverines beat Kearns in a two game match. Hunter's record is now 4-1 in region play, Kearns is 2-3.
Cyprus def. Granger, 15-10,15-9
At Granger, the Pirates used the strong net play of Ali Jensen who had four kills and six stuff blocks to down the Lancers. Cyprus is now 3-2 in the region while Granger falls to 1-4.
Sky View def. Moutain Crest, 15-8, 15-11
At Mountain Crest, the Bobcats improved their record to 3-1 and remained within a game of first place by beating the Mustangs. Sky View was led by 6-foot-2-inch sophomore outside hitter Mari Burningham who had seven kills. She was set up by Michelle Swan who contributed nine assists. The Sky View team also played excellent defense combining for 13 stuff blocks. Mountain Crest fell to 1-3 with the defeat.
Granite def. Murray 9-15, 15-8, 15-1
At Granite, the Farmers improved to 4-2 with a three-game win over Murray. Granite was led by Nikki Alexander with seven kills and DeAnn Williams who had eight assists and six digs. For the Spartans, Gina Willey led the team with great all-around play.
Tooele def. Jordan, 15-1, 15-4
At Tooele, the Buffaloes tightened their grip on the No. 2 ranking with a win over Jordan. In the first game, Darci Hayes served all 15 points, including five aces, for the Buffaloes. She was helped by hitters Colleen Jacobs who had four kills and one block and Camille Clegg who had three kills and one block. Heidi Wicam also pitched-in with one kill, two blocks and three aces. Tooele remains undefeated with the win at 6-0 while Jordan remains winless.
Woods Cross def. West, 16-14, 9-15, 15-11
At Woods Cross, the Wildcats downed West behind the tandem of middle hitter Maridee Nielsen who had six kills, eight blocks and four tips and setter Julie Johansen who had seven assists and two blocks. Woods Cross is now 4-2, West is 2-4.
Bountiful def. Judge, 15-8, 15-5
At Bountiful, the Braves blew by the Bulldogs behind the setting of Jamie Sant who had 16 assists and the hitting of Amanda Walton, Jana Stout and Jenny Gardner. Bountiful improved to 5-1 while Judge fell to 0-6 with the defeat.