The Olympus High football and girls soccer teams have received much recognition this season, being ranked No. 1 in Class 4A in their respective sports. While being a bit overshadowed by these teams, the Titan volleyball team is trying to make a name for itself as well.
Thursday afternoon on its home floor, Olympus improved its record in Region 7 to a perfect 2-0 with a 17-15, 15-10 victory over a strong East squad. The win kept the Titans in a virtual tie for first place with Woods Cross while handing the Leopards their second loss in region action.Olympus picked up the important victory by squeaking out a back-and-forth win in the first game and then using a great serving and blocking performance to take the second game.
"They were picking the right spots and were serving great," Titan coach Linda Mayne said about her players. "At the very end our blocking game really came through for us."
Meanwhile, the Leopards were blaming themselves for losing a match they felt they should have won.
"Our serve-receive game just killed us," lamented East coach Kathy Butler. "We blew three chances to win the first game . . . and in the second game we were mentally blown away after losing the first."
The first game for the Leopards was a tough one to lose but showed the scrappiness of the Titans. East came back from an 8-4 deficit to eventually take a 15-14 lead. It appeared the Leopards had won the game when a third Olympus hit went into the top of the net. As the East players started to celebrate, however, the ball climbed up and over the top of the net and fell to the floor to give the Titans new life.
After two sideouts, Danica Richins served up two aces and a kill by Brooke Stevens gave Olympus the first game.
East jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the second game and then watched the service game of Olympus kick into high gear. The Titans had six service winners and two aces during a stretch run that gave them a 14-10 lead. Stevens then slammed home the game-winning kill again to seal the game and the match.
Elsewhere in the state:
Weber def. Roy 15-10, 15-2
At Weber, Caroline Steuer had 11 kills and two blocks to lead the second-ranked Warriors past the Royals. Amanda McKay added six kills and four blocks for Weber (5-0) as it dropped Roy to 1-3 in region play.
Layton def. Clearfield 15-10, 14-16, 16-14
At Clearfield, Tana May and Shelly Harmer combined to smash 15 kills and lead the Lancers past the Falcons in a tough three-game match. Beth Mathie tallied 10 assists for Layton (1-3).
Fremont def. Northridge 15-8, 15-2
At Northridge, Katie Haws had six kills and six blocks to lead the Silver Wolves past the Knights. Tenille Howe added five kills and two blocks for Fremont (2-2).
Skyline def. Bountiful 15-10, 15-5
At Skyline, the top-ranked Eagles continued to soar through region play with a victory over the Braves. Margeaux Wilkinson's blocking effort was a vital part in the win for Skyline (3-0).
Cottonwood def. Highland 15-12, 15-7
At Highland, the Colts picked up a big road victory by downing the Rams. Amanda Bigelow helped lead the way to the win for Cottonwood (2-1) while Debbie Ricks played well in a losing effort for Highland.
Davis def. Viewmont 15-6, 15-7
At Davis, Ann Swain and Lori Sargeant combined for 10 kills that helped the Darts sink the Vikings. Brooke Barton added seven kills for Davis (2-1).
Bingham def. Kearns 15-9, 15-9
At Bingham, the fifth-ranked Miners received 16 service points, 11 digs, four kills and three blocks from Cathy Anderson to lead them past the Cougars. Tenille Roberts added 16 assists for Bingham (3-0).
Granger def. Taylorsville 13-15, 15-6, 15-6
At Granger, Hannah Toia had 13 blocks, eight kills and one ace to lead the way for Granger (2-1) while Megan Staker added 10 kills against Taylorsville (2-1).
Hunter def. West Jordan 18-16, 15-10
At West Jordan, Hunter (1-2) found its tip game just in time to get past West Jordan (1-2).
Alta def. Hillcrest 15-9, 15-9
At Hillcrest, Lorie Gunnell dished off 24 assists to help the Hawks. Alta (2-1) also received 10 blocks and six kills from Brooke Oblad that helped drop Hillcrest to 0-3 in region.
American Fork def. Brighton 15-1, 15-0
At Brighton, Trisha Hickman served nine-straight points, including two aces, in the second game for American Fork (3-0) while Natalie Whittaker's five kills helped doom Brighton (0-3).
Mountain View def. Orem 15-9, 4-15, 15-6
At Orem, the Bruins picked up a huge region road victory by defeating the fourth-ranked Tigers. Mountain View's (2-1) service game was too much for Orem (2-1), which received great play from Becky Snarr in the loss.
Ogden def. Bear River 15-12, 13-15, 16-14
At Bear River, the Tigers eked their way past the Bears in another close three-game match. Bear River (0-4) came from behind to take a 13-9 lead in the third game behind the play of Lisa Richards but couldn't finish off Ogden (2-3).
Sky View def. Box Elder 15-3, 15-2
At Sky View, the second-ranked Bobcats had little trouble in caging the Bees. Sky View (4-0) trailed 2-1 in the second game before Mari Burningham served eight-straight points that proved too much for Box Elder (2-3).
Logan def. Ben Lomond 15-6, 15-7
At Ben Lomond, the Grizzlies found the road kind as they ate up the Scots. Logan (4-0) used a total team effort to take the victory.
Granite def. Jordan 6-15, 15-11, 16-14
At Granite, the Farmers muddied the region picture by squeezing out a home victory over the Beetdiggers. Granite (1-1) fought off three match points in the final game and overcame 14 kills and six aces by Jordan's (1-1) Sharlyn Lundberg to pick up the win.
Tooele def. Murray 15-11, 15-0
At Tooele, the Buffaloes picked up their first region win by rolling over the Spartans. Kellie Russell served 12 straight points in the second game for Tooele (1-1) while teammate Jan Fairbanks had five kills to hand Murray (0-1) a loss.
Woods Cross def. West 16-14, 15-12
At West, the Wildcats used a great blocking game to hold on and defeat the Leopards. April Taylor and Wendy Midgley combined for 10 kills, 22 assists and eight digs for Woods Cross (3-0) while Aubrey Adams had eight digs and 14 blocks in a losing effort for West (0-2).
Payson def. Springville 15-10, 15-10
At Springville, the play of Tiffany Massey helped lead the Lions past the Red Devils. Payson improved to 2-1 in region play while Springville fell to 0-3.
Spanish Fork def. Pleasant Grove 15-4, 15-10
At Spanish Fork, Valerie Child slammed seven kills to lead the Dons over the Vikings. Top-ranked Spanish Fork remained undefeated in region play at 3-0 and dropped Pleasant Grove to 1-2.
Provo def. Timpview 15-6, 13-15, 15-4
At Provo, the Bulldogs (2-1) stepped up their defense in the third game to seal the victory.
Union def. Wasatch 19-17, 5-15, 16-14
At Wasatch, the Cougars surprised the second-ranked Wasps on the road. Becca Riser and Hollee Stevens led the way to victory for Union (2-1) which handed Wasatch (2-1) its first region loss.
North Sanpete def. Carbon 15-7. 15-5
At Carbon, North Sanpete improved to 3-0 with the win while Carbon fell to 1-2.
Delta def. Emery 15-9, 15-9
At Emery, the Rabbits came through with a road win over the Spartans. Third-ranked Delta (2-1) was on its game offensively and handed fourth-ranked Emery (2-1) its first region loss.
Morgan def. Manti 15-5, 15-4
At Manti, the second-ranked Trojans continued to march through region opponents with a 15-5, 15-4 victory over the Templars. Haley Hanses had 12 kills for Morgan (5-1) while teammate Stephanie Walker tallied 18 assists.
Millard def. North Summit 15-9, 15-8
At North Summit, the Eagles improved to 5-1 in region play by taking a road win over the Braves. North Summit fell to 2-4 with the loss.
South Summit def. Gunnison 15-2, 15-7
At South Summit, the fourth-ranked Wildcats received 11-straight service points from Brandi Gordon in the first game and went on to defeat the Bulldogs. South Summit improved to 6-0 in region play.
North Sevier def. Parowan 5-15, 15-6, 15-9
At Parowan, the Hawks flew in from out of town and swooped away with a surprising win over the third-ranked Rams.
South Sevier def. Beaver 15-8, 15-17, 16-14
At South Sevier, Cami Stewart and Krissy Johnson combined to spike 27 kills as the Rams outlasted the Beavers. Cherish Johnson added eight assists for South Sevier (3-2).
San Juan def. Grand 15-4, 14-16, 15-2
At San Juan, the top-ranked Broncos had a fight on their hands but came away with a win over the Red Devils. San Juan improved to 4-0 in region play and Grand dropped to 1-3.
Wasatch Academy def. Dugway 15-7, 6-15 15-9 and 15-11, 15-12
At Dugway, the Tigers used strong net play from Casey Brinkley to pick up a pair of road victories over the Muastangs. Wasatch Academy upped its region record to 4-0 and dumped Dugway to 0-4.
Salt Lake Christian Academy def. Meridian 15-5, 15-10 and 15-0, 15-10
At SLCA, the Dragonslayers remained unbeaten in region play with a pair of victories over the Mongooses. Kori Lenz tallied 14 kills and six games in the two wins for SLCA (4-0) and teammate Kelly Jo Doll dished out 24 assists. Meridian fell to 2-4 with the losses.
Enterprise def. Milford 15-5, 15-1
At Enterprise, the second-ranked Wolves ravaged the Tigers for yet another region victory. The play of Rachel Jones and Rosie Tait helped Enterprise remain unbeaten with a 5-0 region record.
Duchesne def. Altamont 15-13, 15-2
At Duchesne, the Eagles soared to a region victory over the Long Horns. Amber Lott recorded five kills in the first game for Duchesne (2-0) while Cody Farley and Ave Neria played solidly.
Richfield def. Wayne 8-15, 15-6, 15-6
At Wayne, it took a wake-up call to get the Wildcats going but they finally overcame the Badgers. Senior Melissa Penney used her hitting prowess to lead Richfield to the win.
Bonneville def. Fremont 15-8, 15-8
At Bonneville, the third-ranked Lakers cruised past the Silver Wolves in a Region 1 makeup match. Bonneville (4-0) received eight kills and four digs from JoLynne Godfrey while teammate Karla Koop had 15 assists and four blocks.