Teri Spiers, Weber High's girls volleyball coach, says her team has been on a roller coaster ride the entire season. That ride continued Tuesday as the Warriors beat the Viewmont Vikings 15-0, 9-15, 15-12 in a match that was so up-and-down for both teams that seasickness could have set in.
In the first game, Weber came out strong and looked like the team that was, until last Thursday, undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the state. The Warriors stifled Viewmont's offense with great net coverage and watched as the Vikings made passing and hitting errors that led to easy Weber points.Lora Bailey got the Warriors off to a great start in the game by serving the first eight points. Weber continued to use their serve as a weapon, scoring points on eight service winners in the first game as they shut out the Vikings 15-0.
"We usually start slowly in the first game," said a bewildered Spiers. "This time we played well to start the match and then expected to coast from there."
Fueled by coach Teri Astle's lineup changes, the Vikings blew past the lackadasical Warriors in the second game 15-9. Viewmont gave Weber a dose of their own medicine, taking a 10-1 lead behind strong serving and Weber errors.
In the third game of the match, neither team was able to take outright control as they had previously. The game was tied no less than eight times before Weber took a 12-11 lead they never relinquished.
Elsewhere in the state:
Bonneville def. Northridge, 15-7, 15-6
At Bonneville, the Lakers were led by Nadja Nendza, who had four aces, four kills and two assists. Bonneville is now 4-2, while the Knights drop to 0-6.
Davis def. Roy, 15-13, 16-14
At Davis, the Darts improved to 6-0 on the year with the two-game victory over the Royals. Brenda Barton and Alison Cottle led the way for the third-ranked Darts.
Alta def. Highland, 15-9, 13-15, 15-5
At Highland, Wendy Johnson scored 13 points, Alli Bills had 10 kills and Tracy Cannon had an outstanding blocking game to lead the Hawks. Highland's Suzanne Wayment and Shantelle Clegg played well in the losing cause. Alta is 4-1 in the league, while Highland is 1-4.
Olympus def. Brighton, 15-9, 15-9
At Olympus, the Titans earned their second region win with a victory over winless Brighton. Becca Ross had nine assists to lead Olympus.
Cyprus def. Hillcrest, 15-11, 15-9
At Hillcrest, the Pirates were led by Ali Jensen's nine service points, three unassisted blocks and three kills. Hillcrest is now 1-5 in the region, while Cyprus is 4-2.
Bingham def. Granger, 15-7, 15-8
At Bingham, Chrissy Applegate led the Miners past Granger with 11 kills. She was assisted by Heather `Bubba' Olsen who dished out 23 assists. Bingham is now 5-1, while the Lancers fell to 1-5.
Taylorsville def. Hunter, 15-13, 13-15, 15-11
At Hunter, the Warriors remained unbeaten in Region 3 at 6-0 with the hardfought victory. Taylorsville was led by Angie Walker's 23 kills for the match. Hunter's Jamie Young had seven kills and four blocks. The Wolverines are now 4-2.
Kearns def. West Jordan, 15-4, 11-15, 15-8.
At Kearns, Jennifer Trujillo served 11 straight points and led the Cougars with consistent play to defeat West Jordan. Kearns improved to 3-3 while West Jordan fell to 0-6.
Mountain Crest def. Bear River, 15-11, 15-12
At Mountain Crest, middle blocker Rachel Hester led the Mustangs to the victory. Mountain Crest is now 2-3, while Bear River fell to 0-6.
Logan def. Sky View, 15-5, 13-15, 15-9
At Sky View, outside hitter Mari Burningham threw-down 10 kills to lead the Grizzlies past the Bobcats and give Logan sole possession of second place in region 5. Sky View is now 3-2, Logan improves to 4-1.
Tooele def. Bountiful, 15-7, 15-10
At Tooele, the Buffaloes remained unbeaten with a win over second-place Bountiful whose strong middle attack wasn't enough to beat No. 2 ranked Tooele. Hitters Camille Clegg (four kills, three blocks) and Carie Jonson (10 kills, one ace) teamed up to finish off the Braves. Kathy Gibson set up the hitters and was credited with 20 assists. Tooele is now 7-0 and Bountiful is 5-2.Granite def. W. Cross, 15-8, 17-15
At Woods Cross, the Wildcats used solid performances from Meridee Nielsen who had four kills and six blocks and Emily Kilgore who had six assists and two kills. Woods Cross is now 5-2, in a tie for second place in region six, while Granite falls a game back at 4-3.
Jordan def. Judge, 10-15, 15-7, 15-2
At Jordan, the Beetdiggers won their first region match, while the Bulldogs remained winless. Jordan is 1-6 on the year.
Murray def. West, 15-10, 15-6
At West, the Spartans wer led by Gina Willey's eight kills. Murray is now 4-3, while the Panthers drop to 2-5.